Latest Labor unions News

After years of plenty, auto workers want a bigger slice

Jul. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives talked...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program

Jul. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the department has...

Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

Jul. 11, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer...

Judge toughens order against American Airlines mechanics

Jul. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is threatening American Airlines mechanics with fines and other punishment if they carry out what American claims is an illegal work slowdown that's causing flight cancelations. The airline says mechanics are trying to gain leverage in contract talks. Their unions...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday saying it has sent a...

Irish leader: EU reluctant to give UK further Brexit delay

Jul. 8, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's prime minister says European Union leaders would feel a "great deal of reluctance" about giving Britain another delay to Brexit. Leo Varadkar said Monday that many EU countries felt "very frustrated" and would only postpone Britain's departure date for "a very good reason," such as...

Biden, Harris join Warren to promise teacher as ed secretary

Jul. 5, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Echoing one of their top Democratic presidential rivals, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised Friday to nominate an educator as secretary of education if either wins the nomination and defeats President Donald Trump. "We don't treat you with dignity," Biden, the former vice president, told...

Greek ferries tied up in port in 24-hour seamen's strike

Jul. 3, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike by seamen has left Greek ferries and other passenger boats tied up in port, stranding tourists and Greeks heading for vacation and leaving many islands cut off for the day. The PNO seamen's union called Wednesday's strike to demand salary increases as part of...

'Perfect gender balance' as EU leaders decide on top jobs

Jul. 2, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time, European Union leaders nominated women for half of the top positions they filled Tuesday to lead the world's biggest trade bloc. And the women were picked for what are arguably the two most important jobs of the four posts: heading the EU's executive Commission and...