Workers' rights

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set to take effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, violates federal and state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 30, 2019 - 11:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, protesters march through smoke from flares at a demonstration during a mass strike in Marseille, southern France. Unions represent less than 10% of salaried workers but have a cozy, if paradoxical, relationship with officialdom that empowers them to block change. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
December 30, 2019 - 9:29 am
PARIS (AP) — As France's strikes entered their 26th day Monday, some in the country are questioning if the labor unions that are driving the crippling stoppages have outsized power. The strikes have closed French landmarks, hurt small businesses over the Christmas season and hobbled public...
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December 27, 2019 - 11:38 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A company that operates McDonald's restaurants in Latin America has been fined $254,000 after the electrocution deaths of two employees who were cleaning a restaurant kitchen in Peru. Peru's National Superintendency for Labor Rights on Thursday recommended that McDonald's...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 2:28 pm
PARIS (AP) — France’s punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas — but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. Talks between the prime minister and labor leaders failed to reach a compromise on...
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FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to inform them of their labor rights. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
December 17, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 10, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and the White House announced a deal Tuesday on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that impeachment charges were announced against him. Both sides hailed the deal as a win for American...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, two layers of barbed wire fencing ring the "Hotan City apparel employment training base" where Hetian Taida Apparel Co. has a factory in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from Chinese company Hetian Taida Apparel, which makes baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 08, 2019 - 3:21 am
The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves...
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In this Aug. 8, 2018, photo an employee works at a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago. The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Sept. 24, 20119, that it is raising the salary level that companies will have to pay to exempt workers from overtime to $35,308 a year, up from $23,660. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
September 24, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday that it is raising the salary level...
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September 24, 2019 - 2:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved attorney Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for...
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Nurse Cindy Rodriguez shouts during a one-day strike outside of Palmetto General Hospital, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Hialeah, Fla. Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
September 20, 2019 - 2:36 pm
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and higher wages as the nation's labor movement has begun flexing muscles weakened by decades of declining membership amid...
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