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Machinists at 3 Boeing defense plants ratify new contract

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly 2,500 workers at three Boeing defense plants in the Midwest voted Wednesday to ratify a contract that their union said will raise pay by an average of 14% over three years and ...

Pope hails families, blasts 'culture of waste' after Roe

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court en...

Japan high court rejects paternity harassment allegations

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by a former brokerage manager alleging on-the-job harassment and unlawful dismissal after he took parental leave while working at Mits...

Seattle Starbucks unionizes in coffee giant's home city

SEATTLE (AP) — Baristas and other employees at a Seattle Starbucks have voted to unionize, the first such vote in the city where Starbucks originated and the latest in a nationwide push to organize th...

Labor foe Schultz returns as Starbucks union effort grows

From the time he bought Starbucks in 1987 to the time he stepped down as chairman in 2018, Howard Schultz consistently — and successfully — fought attempts to unionize Starbucks’ U.S. stores and roast...

NWSL Board of Governors approve new labor agreement

The Board of Governors for the National Women’s Soccer League approved its landmark collective bargaining agreement with the players on Tuesday. The players association announced Mo...

NWSL players to get higher salaries, insurance under 1st CBA

The National Women's Soccer League Players Association said Monday night it has agreed to its first-ever collective bargaining agreement. The CBA must still be approved by the NWSL'...

Taiwan inches closer to allowing parents to take leave together

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Anticipated adjustments to leave regulations will allow parents in Taiwan to take parental leave together. Amendments to the Employment Insurance Act (就業保險法) passed the...

Publix grocery chain starts offering paid parental leave

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Publix grocery store chain will start offering paid parental leave to employees who are new parents, company officials announced Wednesday. Eligible full-ti...

From Bhutan to Botswana, LGBTQ rights advanced in unexpected places in 2021

Across the world, gay people have gained many protections with changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage, discrimination and equal rights. Global acceptance of the LGBTQ com...

EU makes proposals to improve rights for gig workers

The European Commission on Thursday presented new proposals that could see millions of workers for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo reclassified as employees rather than as freelancers. "Pla...

US-funded child care aid nearing reality with Biden bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women — and some men — in Congress have been fighting for government child care assistance for almost 80 years. With President Joe Biden's $1.85 trillion social services package, the...

Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Never in its 50-year history has Starbucks relied on union workers to serve up frothy lattes as its U.S. cafes. But some baristas aim to change that. Workers at...

Paid leave loss hits hard for Dems after decades of advocacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who was elected in 1992 as a self described “mom in tennis shoes,” has been fighting for paid family and medical leave for decades. For much of this ...

Police: 1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at Houston bar

HOUSTON (AP) — A man with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed three constable deputies outside a Houston bar early Saturday, killing one and leaving two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. ...