Labor issues

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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Protestors put up a poster in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab will make a statement to the House on his recent meeting with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 04, 2018 - 12:29 pm
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's biggest trade unions on Tuesday joined calls for a new public vote on leaving the European Union, saying voters were misled during the 2016 referendum campaign. The GMB union, which has more than 600,000 members, said "the promises that were made during the referendum...
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San Francisco supervisor Rafael Mandelman was arrested with hotel workers in front of the J. W. Marriott's Westin St. Francis hotel on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in San Francisco. Police say dozens of hotel workers protesting outside the hotel on Labor Day were arrested for blocking a street in one of the city's busiest tourist areas. A union spokesman says many hotel workers hold two jobs to support their families and their salaries have increased by 7 percent in a decade. (Liz Hafalia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
September 03, 2018 - 8:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested 75 hotel workers protesting outside the J. W. Marriott's Westin St. Francis hotel on Labor Day for blocking a street in one of the city's busiest tourist areas. About 900 Marriott hotel workers demonstrated Monday at Union Square as they consider a...
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In this Aug. 31, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump holds up a list of his administrations accomplishments while speaking at a Republican fundraiser at the Carmel Country Club in in Charlotte, N.C. President Donald Trump is starting his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader. Trump tweeted Monday that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka “represented his union poorly on television this weekend.” He added: “it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!” Trumka appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement should include Canada. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 03, 2018 - 7:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trump tweeted Monday that Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend." He added: "It is easy to see why unions...
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September 03, 2018 - 7:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trump tweeted Monday that Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend." He added: "It is easy to see why unions...
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September 03, 2018 - 6:34 pm
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — Colorado police say an 8-year-old boy has died after being struck by a float during a Labor Day parade. The incident happened during the Windsor Harvest Festival parade about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Fort Collins. Authorities and witnesses say the boy was a...
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