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A food delivery worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus prepares to deliver foods for his customers outside a restaurant in Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The e-commerce workers and delivery people who kept China fed during the pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants

Jan. 17, 2021 1:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already were known for long, demanding days. With...

Cambodian police officers escort prisoners, in orange clothes, including Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, as they enter the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The trial of the Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian labor leader's trial for border remarks begins

Jan. 15, 2021 2:41 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The trial of a Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened in Phnom Penh on Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, is standing trial for...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, The Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge overlooks the newly-completed Moynihan Train Hall in New York. Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger rail lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that tougher security measures are needed after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol because people who took part in the insurrection that were placed on the no-fly list may turn to railroads for transportation. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen File).

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

Jan. 14, 2021 6:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday...

Preschool students eat lunch at Dawes Elementary in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Chicago Public Schools students began their return to the classroom Monday as school doors opened to thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students after going remote last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool)

Young Chicago students begin return to classroom learning

Jan. 11, 2021 8:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools students began their return to the classroom Monday as school doors opened to thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students. The nation’s third-largest district, with about 355,000 students, plans a gradual return to in-person instruction...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh talks about the postponement of the Boston Marathon during a news conference, in Boston.  President-elect Joe Biden has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, choosing a former union worker who shares his Irish American background and working-class roots. The 53-year-old Walsh has served as the Democratic mayor of Boston since 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary

Jan. 7, 2021 8:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has chosen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be his labor secretary, selecting a former union worker who shares Biden's Irish-American background and working-class roots. Walsh, 53, has served as the Democratic mayor of Boston since 2014. When he...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. Judge Brian Buescher ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that the union must address its concerns through contract talks with the railroad and it doesn't have the right to strike now. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Judge blocks strike over railroad's virus safety precautions

Jan. 7, 2021 7:49 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division last month threatened to strike because it wants the...

Commuters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus crowd inside a subway train during a rush hour in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Wary of another wave of infections, China is urging tens of millions of migrant workers to stay put during next month's Lunar New Year holiday, usually the world's largest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China makes parts of province high danger zones

Jan. 5, 2021 12:39 AM EST

BEIJING — China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. Eleven of those cases were in Shijiazhuang city, where some events for the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held. An additional 30 people tested positive for the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a woman walks below a Google sign on the company's campus in Mountain View, Calif. A group of Google engineers announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google workers form new labor union, a tech industry rarity

Jan. 4, 2021 3:28 PM EST

A group of Google engineers and other workers announced Monday they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. About 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first dues-paying members of the Alphabet Workers Union. They represent a fraction of...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden's policies

Jan. 4, 2021 3:17 PM EST

In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden's education agenda, while imploring them to shield Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate. DeVos does not explicitly acknowledge President Donald...

FILE - In this July 25, 2011 file photo, Al Iacobelli, former Vice President Employee Relations, Chrysler Group LLC, speaks at Chrysler Group LLC headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A judge on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, cut 18 months off a 5 1/2-year prison sentence for the former Fiat Chrysler executive who with union members looted a training center for auto workers. Iacobelli's sentence reduction was a bit larger than prosecutors had requested in rewarding him for cooperation in an investigation of corruption at the highest levels of the United Auto Workers. He admitted to showering more than $1.5 million in cash and gifts on high-ranking members of the union to gain an advantage during negotiations, including a $262,000 mortgage payoff. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)

Key figure in UAW corruption probe gets shorter sentence

Jan. 4, 2021 2:49 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Monday cut 18 months off a 5 1/2-year prison sentence for a former Fiat Chrysler executive who with union members looted a training center for auto workers. Al Iacobelli's sentence reduction was a bit larger than prosecutors had requested in rewarding him for cooperation in an...