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  • 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,...

  • NY state overtime costs on pace for record high

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies racked up more than $316 million in overtime in the first six months of 2014, according to the state comptroller's office, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers. If the pace continues, New York will spend nearly...

  • GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information he alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor Department. GOP Rep. Darrell E. Issa of California, who chairs the House...

  • Rhode Island benefits from improving U.S. economy

    The improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island, according to the state's top labor official.

  • 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.

  • Quinn vetoes Illinois ridesharing regulations

    CHICAGO (AP) — Taxicab companies and others seeking statewide regulation of the emerging ridesharing industry pushed for a legislative override Monday after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed measures that would have imposed background checks and insurance requirements on some drivers. In a...

  • 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...

  • Nebraska governor opposes minimum wage increase proposal

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman opposes the ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 an hour by 2016. Heineman said Monday that he would vote against the minimum wage proposal. Heineman says he understands it's difficult to live on a minimum wage salary, but he...

  • 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...

  • No deal yet in Market Basket feud

    TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — The family feud that has brought the Market Basket supermarket chain to its knees may be nearing its end. Ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas has reportedly made a $1.5 billion offer to buy out the part of the company controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, and his...

  • Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan

    CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan. The workers are...

  • Layoffs raise new issues in state hiring dispute

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's unexpected move to deal with a scathing report about political hiring in his administration will not put the jobs scandal to rest as he mounts a difficult campaign for re-election. Quinn aides announced last week that the state Department of...

  • Zogby Report Card: 'Very bad form' playing golf after ISIS beheading

    President Obama dropped a grade by rushing back to vacation to play golf after a statement on the ISIS beheading of an American journalist. "Very bad form," said pollster John Zogby.

  • Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday that the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20. Deere said last...



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