- Ex-Chicago Public Schools leader charged with corruption Updated: Oct-08-15 7:13 pm
CHICAGO - The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to corruption charges announced Thursday that allege she helped steer more than $23 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
- Chicago officials say cab strike over Uber had little impact Updated: Oct-08-15 6:55 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago officials say a strike called by a taxi association to protest a proposal to allow ride-booking companies access to the city's airports had little impact on travelers.
- NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home Updated: Oct-08-15 5:56 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum wage is spurring similar efforts in states around the country - even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact an across-the-board $15 wage faces vocal opposition at home.
- The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment Updated: Oct-08-15 4:58 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):
- Clashes intensify in Syria from Russian-backed offensive Updated: Oct-08-15 4:09 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a "wide-ranging" offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast.
- UN protests assault of staff allegedly by South Sudan forces Updated: Oct-08-15 4:06 pm
UNITY STATE, South Sudan - The U.N. has protested alleged physical assault of its military and civilian personnel by members of the South Sudanese army at a roadblock in Central Equitoria state.
- Bill would add up to 12 charter schools in state each year Updated: Oct-08-15 1:19 pm
BOSTON - Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts.
- Charter school magnate opts against NYC mayoral bid Updated: Oct-08-15 1:07 pm
NEW YORK - Eva Moskowitz, the leader of a major chain of New York City charter schools and an outspoken critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, ended months of speculation Thursday by declaring she won't run for mayor in 2017.
- Cambodia to increase garment industry minimum wage Updated: Oct-08-15 7:10 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodia announced Thursday it will raise the minimum wage for clothing workers by 9.4 percent to $140 a month, hoping to ease tensions in the country's main export industry.
- Stinky Paris: Garbage collectors strike over pay, cost cuts Updated: Oct-08-15 6:46 am
PARIS - As trash piled up on Paris streets because of a garbage collectors' strike, workers occupied a city building Thursday amid frustration over spending cuts across the French economy.
- Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council elects new president Updated: Oct-08-15 4:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council has a new president.
- Blue Jays' last postseason appearance was in a different era Updated: Oct-08-15 4:00 am
It may not have been obvious at the time, but when Joe Carter's home run sailed over the wall to win the 1993 World Series for Toronto, a distinct era in baseball history came to an end.
- Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract Updated: Oct-08-15 2:21 am
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.
- Fiat Chrysler, UAW still bargaining as strike threat looms Updated: Oct-07-15 5:32 pm
DETROIT - The threat of a strike is looming as Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers continue negotiating a new contract.
- Colorado potato packing plant settles sex harassment suit Updated: Oct-07-15 4:03 pm
DENVER - The operators of a Colorado potato packing plant have agreed to pay nearly a half million dollars to settle accusations that it tolerated the sexual harassment of more than a dozen of its female workers for over a decade.
- As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise Updated: Oct-07-15 10:12 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked."
- Nuclear plant worker off job after positive alcohol test Updated: Oct-07-15 9:38 am
SHIPPINGPORT, Pennsylvania - A licensed operator at a western Pennsylvania nuclear power plant has been off the job since testing positive for low-levels of alcohol at work.
- Karen Lewis to seek another term as teachers union head Updated: Oct-07-15 3:16 am
CHICAGO - A spokesman says the president of the Chicago Teachers Union will seek re-election next year.
- 2 former labor union officials face embezzlement charges Updated: Oct-07-15 3:15 am
WHEELING, West Virginia - Two former labor union officials have been indicted on embezzlement charges.
- Mill worker struck by slow-moving train dies Updated: Oct-06-15 9:32 pm
GASTON, Oregon - A man working at a lumber mill has died after being struck by a train about 30 miles west of Portland.
- Supporters, critics of transgender bills clash at hearing Updated: Oct-06-15 8:47 pm
BOSTON - Critics of Massachusetts proposals to extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people in restaurants, schools or any place that accommodates the public said the state should instead focus on the privacy rights of children and women.
- California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap Updated: Oct-06-15 8:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.
- Civil service bill supporters say it will strengthen system Updated: Oct-06-15 5:29 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - State workers testified Tuesday against a Republican-backed bill that would make it easier to hire and fire public employees, saying the proposed overhaul of Wisconsin's 110-year-old civil service system would lead to political patronage and cronyism.
- Judge mulls suit's bid to block St. Louis minimum wage boost Updated: Oct-06-15 3:33 pm
ST. LOUIS - A judge on Tuesday began weighing a business-backed lawsuit that seeks to stop St. Louis from incrementally raising its minimum wage, ultimately deciding whether it's legal for the city to have a wage higher than what the state commands.
- NM governor weighs in on union fees for US Supreme Court Updated: Oct-06-15 2:12 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling allowing public-sector unions to collect fees from employees who decide not to become union members.