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  • Arrests made during Atlanta fast food wage protest

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a group of demonstrators pushing for higher wages for fast food workers have been arrested and are being held in the city jail. Police spokesman Ralph Woolfolk says a group of about 10 people accused of ignoring repeated demands to leave Ponce De Leon Avenue in...

  • Striking fast-food workers block Chicago street

    CHICAGO (AP) — A few hundred fast-food workers and their supporters blocked traffic on a busy South Side street between a McDonald's and a Burger King on Thursday morning until police moved in and took nearly two dozen into custody. The protest, one of a number across the country, included...

  • AFL-CIO rolls out 'Koch Sisters' campaign

    The new faces of the Left's ongoing campaign against conservative philanthropists David and Charles Koch are a pair of middle-aged women who share the last name "Koch."

  • Judge: Michigan teachers can exit union anytime

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state's right-to-work law that took effect last year. The administrative law judge, Julia Stern,...

  • Fast-food workers striking for wage increase

    SEIU expected protests to be held in 150 cities.

  • Michigan teachers union told to allow members to resign

    In three separate rulings Tuesday an administrative law judge said the teachers' union was unfairly restricting its members' rights under the state's new right-to-work law.

  • Applications for US jobless aid at still-low 302K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the total number receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years. Applications for unemployment aid rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

  • Dems bet minimum wage can tip scales in battleground states

    Democratic Senate candidates in battleground states are betting big that the minimum wage will save their party's majority. The issue may be the best hope they have to boost Democratic turnout.

  • CarMax to hire more than 1,000 across country

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Used car dealership chain CarMax says it plans to hire more than 1,000 workers across the country. The Richmond-based company said in a news release Wednesday that the positions include sales, service operations, purchasing and the business office. Both full-time and...

  • Casino closures brings mass unemployment filing

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Carrying identification documents and bitterness over their sudden joblessness, hundreds of ex-casino workers began filing for unemployment Wednesday morning, the first attendees at an assistance center that expects to process 5,000 newly laid-off workers over the next...

  • Chicago mayor to sign minimum wage executive order

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sign an executive order that requires city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees a $13-an-hour minimum wage. Emanuel's office says he'll sign the order Wednesday morning. Officials say it will apply to city contracts advertised after...

  • Report: Ohio workers productive but making less

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly 67 percent between 1979 and 2013, while median hourly wages fell by 1.1 percent when...

  • DOJ pays 4,000 employees to do union work at taxpayer expense

    Two dozen $165,000-a-year Immigration Court judges are on the federal payroll under the government's "official time" program, allowing them to do union work on government time.

  • East Allegheny, Pa., teachers become second to strike

    MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Teachers in a small western Pennsylvania school district went on strike Tuesday, making their union local the second to walk off the job as the new school year begins, while contract talks continue in scores of other districts. Negotiations between the East Allegheny...

  • Pat Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. Raising the state's $8.25 hourly minimum wage to at least $10 an hour has been a re-election focus for the Chicago Democrat. Quinn is facing a tough November...



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