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  • AFL-CIO chief urges Obama to be bold on immigration executive action

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged President Obama to be aggressive on immigration reform, revealing that labor and business leaders have been meeting with the president about his possible executive action.

  • Germanwings pilots to go on strike Friday

    BERLIN (AP) — German airline pilots said they will go on strike after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed Thursday over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit said it...

  • McDonald's can't appeal NLRB franchise decision

    The National Labor Relations Board will treat the hamburger chain as a co-employer in 43 cases charging unfair labor practices at various franchised restaurants.

  • Deal on health care aids port contract talks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months. West...

  • Cantwell targets small business loan gender gap

    NEW YORK (AP) — Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Sen. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. Cantwell, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation in July that would make it easier for women-owned companies to...

  • Is Obama's war on coal burying the Democrats' New Deal coalition for good?

    Somewhere, Woodrow Wilson is smiling. President Obama appears to have found a way around that pesky constitutional requirement of a two-thirds majority of the Senate approving U.S. treaties with foreign nations.

  • Anti-UAW workers to form own union at VW plant

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union. The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1vM9f5u ) reports that the group wants to form the first chapter of what would be...

  • Minnesota home-care workers vote to unionize

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of in-home health care providers in Minnesota voted to create their own union, the state announced Tuesday after tallying the results. With the union now authorized, the Service Employees International Union, which organized the election, can negotiate with the...

  • Minnesota certifies union after it wins 13 percent support

    After winning only 13 percent of the vote, Minnesota granted exclusive bargaining rights for nearly 27,000 workers.

  • NY sergeant union: No to Democratic convention bid

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City's police unions announced its opposition to the city's bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying that crime is on the rise and criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's public safety policies. The Sergeants Benevolent Association,...

  • New York man charged with stealing $25K from union

    PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — State police have charged a 41-year-old man with stealing more than $25,000 from a firefighters' union in the Hudson Valley. Troopers say they arrested former Arlington firefighter Keith Rutbell of the town of Pleasant Valley on Monday and charged him with grand...

  • How Obama made a federal agency Big Labor's 'litigation arm'

    What is the purpose of the National Labor Relations Board? Is the federal agency meant to be neutral arbiter of labor laws? Or is meant to be an advocate for Big Labor, helping to ensure it organizes the U.S. workforce? Under President Obama, the NLRB has chosen the latter.

  • UPS, pilots' union barred from air crash probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal accident board has told UPS and its pilots' union they can no longer participate in the agency's investigation of a crash that killed two of the cargo shipper's pilots. The National Transportation Safety Board sent letters on Monday to UPS and the Independent Pilots...

  • Mediation fails to settle Galesburg teacher strike

    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of students are staying home again in Galesburg as a weekend mediation session between a teachers union and the board of education failed to result in a contract agreement. The (Galesburg) Register-Mail (http://bit.ly/1tB5sHM ) reports that a mediation session...

  • Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a...



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