Latest Labor unions News

BNSF railroad tries to block 17,000 workers from striking

Jan. 19, 2022 12:59 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF railroad wants a federal judge to prevent two of its unions from going on strike next month over a new attendance policy that would penalize employees for missing work. The Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad went to court after the Brotherhood of Locomotive...

Workers at 2 more Boston Starbucks began unionization effort

Jan. 19, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Workers at two more Starbucks locations in the Boston area have started efforts to join a union after a one of the national coffee shop chain's locations in Buffalo, New York, became the first to unionize last month. As of Tuesday, 23 of around 30 employees at the...

Legislators OK new contract for state troopers

Jan. 19, 2022 10:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee signed off Wednesday on a new two-year contract for Wisconsin's state troopers. The deal covers the biennium that ended June 30. The contract calls for a 2% across-the-board wage increase in each year, with lump sump payments equal to 2%...

ILO report says Afghan crisis causing massive job losses

Jan. 19, 2022 00:33 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — More than a half million people in Afghanistan have lost their jobs since the Taliban takeover in mid-August, the International Labor Organization said in a report released Wednesday. The ILO said the crisis has paralyzed the economy and slammed the labor market. The...

Massachusetts to provide at-home tests for schools

Jan. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will make millions of rapid coronavirus test kits available to schools across the state so staff and students can test themselves weekly at home and schools can stay open for in-person instruction, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Schools that opt in to...

Airport snow plow drivers reached tentative deal on contract

Jan. 16, 2022 10:46 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers who clear snow from runways, streets and sidewalks at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have reached agreement on a tentative contract, union leaders said Saturday. Teamsters 320 union representatives will present the contract to its members for...

Pandemic stress drives some Colorado teachers from classroom

Jan. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a...

Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate

Jan. 15, 2022 11:18 AM EST

For companies that were waiting to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to require vaccinations or regular coronavirus testing for workers, the next move is up to them. Many large corporations were silent on Thursday's ruling by the high court to block a...

Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Jan. 14, 2022 19:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren't enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms. The walkout at schools across the city...

Teachers confront half-empty classrooms as virus surges

Jan. 13, 2022 17:33 PM EST

Teachers around the U.S. are confronting classrooms where as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or their families kept them at home out of concern about the surging coronavirus. The widespread absences have only added to the difficulty of...