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  • No. 2 Senate Dem says minimum wage talks possible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's second-ranking Democrat says he'd be open to negotiating a compromise if Republicans block Democrats' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats' goal remains a $10.10 minimum wage. In the coming days,...

  • Underreporting of injuries in mines needs to be fixed, Labor Department IG says

    By underreporting mine injuries and accidents, coal operators are dodging penalties from the Department of Labor, a new watchdog report has found. The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration lacks sufficient "knowledge of the occurrence of underreporting" on the data of...

  • Detroit gets approval to use $120 million loan

    DETROIT (AP) — Bankrupt Detroit has been given approval to move forward with a $120 million quality of life loan to help improve city services. Federal Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday approved the loan brokered with Barclays. He says Detroit can use the money to meet the needs of people...

  • Lufthansa cancels 900 flights due to strike

    BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa canceled almost 900 domestic and intercontinental flights Wednesday after the pilots' union started a three-day strike in a wage dispute with Germany's largest airline. In all, the airline expects to cancel about 3,800 flights through Friday, affecting more than...

  • Survey: US companies add 191,000 jobs in March

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter. Payroll processer ADP says private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. ADP also revised February's job creation up...

  • College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

    Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union.

  • German Cabinet approves national minimum wage

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved a national minimum wage for Germany on Wednesday, guaranteeing workers at least 8.50 euros per hour ($11.75) starting next year. German wages had for decades been left to trade unions and business groups to establish for regions or...

  • Robert Menendez blocked GOP effort to honor Cesar Chavez's immigration stance

    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., found himself in the awkward position of having to object to a Senate resolution honoring the life and legacy of the late Latino activist and union organizer Cesar Chavez after Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., proposed amending it to highlight Chavez's long record of...

  • Chicago mayor reaches tentative pension deal

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to cut about half of the city's pension debt would raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement.

  • Labor Secretary cites Cesar Chavez, ignores his opposition to immigration

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez invoked the late labor leader Cesar Chavez in an official statement, citing his "vision and moral example" should be used to, among other things, "fixing our broken immigration system." Left out of the statement was that Chavez was an outspoken opponent of...

  • Minimum wage value falling but fairness is debated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal minimum wage has been below what's needed to keep a family of three out of poverty since 1980. It's also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost half a century ago. Is the current $7.25 hourly minimum fair? Is now the time to raise it, and if so, by how...

  • Janet Yellen: The job market is 'tougher now than in any recession' in some ways

    The problem with the U.S. economy isn't that workers lack the skills needed for today's jobs, it's that there aren't enough jobs to be had, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said Monday.

  • The week ahead in economics: The jobs report and long-term unemployment

    As the economy slowly and haltingly recovers from the recession, a major question about the job market looms, namely, whether those who gave up looking for work in the past few years are ever coming back. A related question, with more immediate implications for the Federal Reserve in...

  • Rhode Island workers, retirees mull pension deal

    The fate of Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul — a model cited in other states wrestling with escalating retirements — now hinges on the votes of the same government workers and retirees who sued to block the law.

  • NYC mayor Bill De Blasio's next big push: affordable housing

    that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling the city's recovery from...



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