Labor issues

August 31, 2018 - 9:28 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level since the most acute phase of the global financial crisis a decade ago. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency, revealed Friday that the unemployment rate in July was 8.2 percent. That was unchanged...
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August 31, 2018 - 8:21 am
MADRID (AP) — A divisive debate over the legal status of prostitution has reignited in Spain after the country's staunchly feminist government was embarrassed to find out that it had approved the country's first sex workers' union. Women's rights groups and policymakers have long been divided over...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, a tour group walks through the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Justice Department has sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school's consideration of race in its admissions policy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
August 30, 2018 - 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of "engaging in outright racial balancing" and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them. Harvard...
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August 29, 2018 - 10:57 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Workers on Greece's ferries are to hold a 24-hour strike next Monday in a pay dispute linked to the end of the country's international bailouts. The strike is expected to halt all ferry services Greece's between islands and the mainland. The Panhellenic Seafarers' Federation...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, visitors use their smartphones in front of a booth for Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter dated Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again begin offering the service in the giant Asian market. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 29, 2018 - 6:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market. The joint letter dated Tuesday calls on CEO Sundar Pichai to explain...
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August 27, 2018 - 3:04 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The proposed contract Walt Disney World's unionized workers will vote on next week would increase the starting minimum wage by at least 46 percent over three years to $15 an hour, while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their...
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August 27, 2018 - 1:00 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A former Fiat Chrysler executive was sentenced to 5 ½ years in federal prison Monday in a scheme to curry favor with union officials by showering them with cash and gifts. Former head of labor relations Alphons Iacobelli admitted that he turned the budget of a company-sponsored...
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August 27, 2018 - 8:33 am
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Hundreds of workers from two major shipyards on Monday protested in the Croatian capital of Zagreb over unpaid wages and working conditions. As a union delegation met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, the workers shouted "out with the management" and blew whistles in...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks in support of a California bill aimed at protecting workers from forced arbitration and nondisclosure agreements during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The state Senate approved the bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown, Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Sophia Bollag, File)
August 26, 2018 - 10:43 pm
Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this year to restrict the use by private employers of...
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August 26, 2018 - 3:26 am
The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other...
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