Labor Unions

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Gary Jones, president of the United Auto Workers union addresses delegates to the union's bargaining convention in Detroit. In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the UAW union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat. That all could change this week when talks open Monday, July 15 on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers across the nation. Auto companies want to cut labor costs and end a gap with those at foreign-owned factories in the U.S. At bargaining convention in March, Jones told delegates that the union is raising strike pay and said the union would walk out if necessary. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
July 15, 2019 - 12:14 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit's three automakers are kicking off with the union taking a far less conciliatory stance than past years. Union President Gary Jones said Monday that the companies have made record profits in recent years and members...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo, Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, speaks as Lee Saunders, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, applauds during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Union membership among public employees has fallen only slightly in the nation’s most unionized states since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that government workers no longer could be required to pay union fees, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 12, 2019 - 10:38 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least...
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July 11, 2019 - 4:07 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks during the National Education Association Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 05, 2019 - 6:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Echoing one of their top Democratic presidential rivals, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised Friday to nominate an educator as secretary of education if either wins the nomination and defeats President Donald Trump. "We don't treat you with dignity," Biden, the former vice president...
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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Sunday, June 30, 2019. European Union leaders on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, after a lengthy session of talks, have named current Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for the post of President of the European Commission. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 02, 2019 - 2:48 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says it's a "great honor, a privilege" to be named as the next president of the European Council and that he will do his utmost to live up to the expectations of the role...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. European Union leaders continued a third day of talks to seek a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at top EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 02, 2019 - 9:33 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders huddled yet again Tuesday in an effort to overcome an embarrassing deadlock over nominating candidates to hold the bloc's key posts for at least the next five years. In one of the longest EU summits in recent years, the leaders are looking to name a new...
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An EU flag flaps in the wind as the sun rises during an all night negotiating session at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 1, 2019. European Union leaders participated in another marathon session of talks desperately seeking a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at the top of EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 01, 2019 - 4:20 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials say leaders pulled an all-nighter at a summit but failed to agree on the list of candidates for the bloc's key posts, with the marathon talks entering a second day. The leaders trickled in for bilateral contacts through Sunday before officially convening at...
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An EU flag flaps in the wind as the sun rises during an all night negotiating session at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 1, 2019. European Union leaders participated in another marathon session of talks desperately seeking a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at the top of EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 01, 2019 - 1:16 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Marathon talks of European Union leaders dragged into a second day Monday as they sought to narrow a list of candidates for key posts at the helm of the 28-nation bloc amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations. With the selection...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri speaks as the new pro tempore president of Mercosur, flanked by Uruguay's Foreign Affairs Minister, Rodolfo Nin, left and Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, right, at the 53rd Mercosur Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay. Argentina's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday, June 28, 2019, that South America's Mercosur trade bloc has struck a "strategic association" trade deal with the European Union, clinched in the Belgian capital of Brussels following two decades of negotiations. The Mercosur bloc includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
June 28, 2019 - 10:31 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South America's Mercosur bloc and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Friday after two decades of negotiations that concluded amid global trade tensions and rising protectionism. The agreement announced by both sides came as trade talks between the EU and the...
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Numerous environmental activists walk on a roadway on the site of the Garzweiler open-cast mine in Garzweiler, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The protests for more climate protection in the Rhineland continue. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on climate protests around a coal mine in western Germany (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Hundreds of climate activists have ended their protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave and authorities pulled some protesters...
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