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Expo 2020's workers face hardships despite Dubai's promises

Nov. 30, 2021 01:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Intent on making a flawless impression as the first host of the world's fair in the Middle East, Dubai sought to leave nothing to chance. It poured billions of dollars into its pristine fairgrounds and jubilant festivities that opened...

Top Indonesia court rules new job law unconstitutional

Nov. 25, 2021 10:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top court ruled Thursday that the country’s widely criticized Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and ordered the government to amend it within two years. The law, passed last year, triggered days of protests in many cities...

Group seeks unionization at Giti Tire's South Carolina plant

Nov. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A coalition including state representatives, pastors and union leaders is asking a tire manufacturer to improve conditions at its South Carolina production facilities, including allowing workers to unionize. Tuesday, a group describing itself as...

Effort seeks to decriminalize sex work in Oregon

Nov. 16, 2021 20:03 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A philanthropist filed papers with the Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday to decriminalize sex work in the state in an attempt to put the issue before voters in the 2022 election. “Sex worker rights are human rights, and the denial of those rights...

Amazon settles California COVID workers notification dispute

Nov. 15, 2021 18:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amazon has agreed to pay $500,000 and be monitored by California officials to ensure it properly notifies its workers about new coronavirus cases, the state's attorney general said Monday. Amazon employs about 150,000 people in California, most...

Whistleblowers to play key role in enforcing vaccine mandate

Nov. 09, 2021 15:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — To enforce President Joe Biden’s forthcoming COVID-19 mandate, the U.S. Labor Department is going to need a lot of help. Its Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have nearly enough workplace safety inspectors to do the job. So the...

Portugal protects employees with new rules on home working

Nov. 05, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved Friday new labor laws on working from home, introducing additional protection for employees who do their job away from company premises. The new rules are a response to the trend of more staff working from home...

Japan labor leader vows to fight for stable, better work

Nov. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Japan’s largest labor federation says she is determined to listen to the voices of all workers in fighting for better wages and conditions. Tomoko Yoshino is the first woman to head Rengo, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation. ...

Labor leader apologizes for likening Holocaust to mandates

Nov. 03, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas labor leader apologized Wednesday for remarks he made during a legislative hearing comparing COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the Holocaust that killed millions of Jews. Cornell Beard said the International Association of Machinists and...

Indiana AFL-CIO's top leaders reelected at labor goup

Oct. 30, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The top leaders of the Indiana AFL-CIO have been reelected to four-year terms to lead a group of some 400 local labor organizations around the state. Brett Voorhies was unopposed for a third term as president during the recent statewide AFL-CIO...