Labor issues

The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks at the Bled Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Bernier said that it was "realistic" to expect a divorce deal with Britain by early November 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
September 10, 2018 - 11:59 am
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator was cautiously optimistic Monday about the prospects of a deal with Britain by early November, in comments that triggered a big rally in the value of the pound. At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern...
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Prime minister and party leader of the Social Democrat party Stefan Löfven speaks at an election party in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Preliminary results of the 2018 Swedish parliamentary elections showed on Sunday night that Centre-Left bloc of the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and Left party gained 40.7 percent of votes, narrowly heading in the race. The opposition Center-Right alliance bloc of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats gained 40.3 percent votes. Anti-immigration, the far-right Sweden Democrats scored 17.6 percent votes. (Jonas Ekströmer /TT via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 1:51 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on Sweden's general election (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he intends to remain in the job after his center-left party recorded its worst election performance. Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said "the...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018, file photo, Jason Joshua waits on customers at Zak the Baker in Miami. Americans who quit to take new jobs are enjoying pay raises that are one-third larger than raises for workers who stay put, a gap that has reached the widest point since the Great Recession. At the same time, retail and restaurant workers are receiving more generous raises than manufacturing workers are. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
September 08, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely hired at a healthy pace in August, emboldened by brisk consumer spending and an economy that keeps growing steadily. Economists have forecast that employers added 189,000 jobs in August and that the unemployment rate dipped from an already-low 3.9 percent to...
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Hotel workers picket in front of the Palmer House hotel in the Chicago Loop on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
September 07, 2018 - 11:00 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. The Friday walkout is planned for 25 hotels and comes after members of the hotel workers' union, Unite Here...
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This July 25, 2018, photo shows a help wanted sign at a new Zaxby's restaurant in Madison, Miss. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
September 07, 2018 - 9:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States picked up in August as employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending despite the Trump administration's ongoing conflicts with its trading partners. The unemployment rate remained at 3.9...
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Striking Tacoma Teachers walk a picket line, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in front of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. Fights over teacher salaries and work conditions are escalating along the West Coast, and the disputes are particularly acute in Washington, a state that has infused at least $1 billion for teacher pay to resolve a long-running court battle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 07, 2018 - 2:09 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. The teachers in these blue states — with robust teachers' unions, the right to strike and...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2012, file photo, visitors stroll along Main Street at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Thousands of Walt Disney World workers are voting on whether to accept a contract proposal that would increase the starting minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their positions longer before transferring. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
September 06, 2018 - 8:38 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of Walt Disney World workers on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a new contract that increases the starting minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their positions...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo Rani Accettola, a housekeeper at the Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood, poses for a photo in Seattle. Accettola is wearing a device that lets her push a button and summon help if she is in a threatening situation while working. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 06, 2018 - 7:47 pm
Tens of thousands of employees at more than 18,000 U.S. hotels will soon carry panic buttons to help protect them from harassment and assault in an era of heightened awareness around the #MeToo movement. More than a dozen big hotel chains — including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Wyndham — said...
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FILE- In this June 15, 2018 photo, winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kan. On Thursday, Aug. 6, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
September 06, 2018 - 8:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department on Thursday affirmed last month's report that U.S. productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter. The government reported few revisions to the productivity figures released in August. The jump in productivity followed a tepid 0...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 14, 2017 file photo Francois de Rugy, a close aide to French President Emmanuel Macron, arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Francois de Rugy, president of the National Assembly, parliament's lower house, takes over at the ecology ministry. He replaces Nicolas Hulot, a high-profile and popular green campaigner who quit last week, lamenting that not enough is being done against environmental destruction. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
September 04, 2018 - 2:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron planned to focus this month on promoting his policies to reshape the economy. Instead, he's encountered obstacles. The resignations of two popular Cabinet ministers, snags in a pending income tax system and anger over cuts in family and housing benefits...
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