Labor unions

Some of the crew from the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia assemble for an Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific strike after failing to reach agreement on a contract with the state of Alaska, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 10:19 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first strike by Alaska ferry workers in over 40 years has snarled travel plans for thousands of people during the busy tourist and fishing season, leaving some stranded and catching the attention of a Democratic presidential candidate. Members of the Inlandboatmen's Union...
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United Auto Workers President Gary Jones, left, and Ford Motor Co., Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett shake hands to open their contract talks Monday, July 15, 2019, in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 15, 2019 - 2:05 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives...
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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 - 10:31 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Union membership among public employees has fallen only slightly in the nation's most labor-friendly states since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year ago that government workers no longer could be required to pay union fees. An analysis of federal data conducted for The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019, over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm
One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the...
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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 - 4:25 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 9:55 p.m. French President Emmanuel says the selection of candidates for the European Union's top jobs reflects the Franco-German alliance that's dominated the EU since its inception. Macron said after he and other leaders...
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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 - 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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