- Missouri Legislature passes bill to limit local policymaking Updated: May-06-15 10:11 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday passed legislation to strip cities' ability to adopt local policies, an effort to block municipalities from adopting bans on plastic bags and increasing employee benefits.
- Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users Updated: May-06-15 8:49 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers advanced a set of bills Wednesday that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and mandate drug screening for state job training program applicants and some unemployment benefit claimants.
- Lawmakers advance drug testing for workers, aid recipients Updated: May-06-15 8:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin legislative committee has advanced two Republican bills that would establish drug testing for public benefit recipients.
- Hunger striking students frustrated with university response Updated: May-06-15 7:35 pm
MEDFORD, Massachusetts - Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university's lack of response to their demands.
- Talks break down over benefits for lab's security force Updated: May-06-15 7:22 pm
LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico - Talks between the security workers who protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the subcontractor that employs them have broken down.
- Panel: overtime issue addressed Updated: May-06-15 4:59 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The chairwoman of the Vermont Liquor Control Board says it's the board's understanding that an overtime issue has been addressed by the Vermont Labor Relations Board.
- Walker approves raises for 2 public worker unions Updated: May-06-15 3:55 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has approved 1 percent pay raises for two small state employee unions.
- Study: Top tech firms bypassing Asian workers for exec jobs Updated: May-06-15 3:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.
- Residents lobby Jonesboro panel to add protections for gays Updated: May-06-15 2:20 pm
JONESBORO, Arkansas - A group of people, including two ministers, are lobbying the Jonesboro City Council to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance extending protections for gay and lesbian city employees.
- Striking Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift Updated: May-06-15 1:07 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Nurses in Zimbabwe are refusing to work the night shift in the southern African nation's public hospitals and clinics in a nationwide strike over salaries.
- New Mexico senators sign on to minimum wage legislation Updated: May-06-15 12:37 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico's two Democratic senators are throwing their support behind legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
- Residents, workers protest in South African cities Updated: May-06-15 11:22 am
JOHANNESBURG - Protesters in South Africa burned tires and piled rocks across the road leading to the Soweto home of the late Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, in a demonstration against electricity bills.
- US productivity drops at 1.9 percent rate in first quarter Updated: May-06-15 8:58 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. worker productivity declined in the first three months of the year as labor costs jumped, reflecting a slowdown in growth.
- Hot Springs passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance Updated: May-06-15 7:07 am
HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas - The Hot Springs Board of Directors has passed an ordinance that would prohibit the city and its vendors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Federal suit cites religious discrimination in Maine diner Updated: May-06-15 6:55 am
WALDOBORO, Maine - A former employee of a popular Maine diner has filed a federal lawsuit in which she claims her employer discriminated against her for not following his religious beliefs.
- NY enacting workplace pregnancy rights Updated: May-06-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's Assembly has passed bills intended to ensure workplace rights for pregnant employees and prohibit sexual harassment at even the smallest businesses.
- Senate sustains Obama veto of bill gutting union rules Updated: May-05-15 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday sustained President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have scrapped a new government rule on union elections.
- Wisconsin lawmakers tell committee to repeal prevailing wage Updated: May-05-15 4:10 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lawmakers, construction companies and local government leaders sparred Tuesday over a Republican bill that would repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law, with supporters saying the measure would save money and opponents arguing the law guarantees quality construction and wage equality.
- Gay leaders happy even with anti-discrimination bill failing Updated: May-05-15 2:34 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Advocates of gay rights say no matter what happens to an anti-discrimination bill that Democrats managed to get to the House floor, this has been a surprisingly quiet legislative session for gay issues.
- Bill would offer more relief in pay discrimination cases Updated: May-05-15 1:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a measure that would offer more relief to victims of pay discrimination.
- EU competition watchdog eyes McDonald's over taxes Updated: May-05-15 11:35 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union's competition watchdog has U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's in its sights.
- Seattle teachers vote to stage 1-day strike Updated: May-05-15 12:55 am
SEATTLE - Teachers in Washington's largest school district - Seattle - have voted to stage a one-day walkout May 19 to dramatize their request that state lawmakers fully fund a voter-approved initiative that would lower the number of students per class.
- Union, business groups back collective-bargaining changes Updated: May-04-15 7:10 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Union lobbyists and business representatives made for strange bedfellows on Monday while testifying on a Republican-sponsored bill overhauling collective bargaining law.
- Bryant Gumbel defends program and co-workers against lawsuit Updated: May-04-15 6:51 pm
NEW YORK - The host of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" on Monday defended his monthly sports magazine against claims by a British soccer ball maker that it delivered a "pack of lies" with a 2008 segment about child labor in India.
- Fired National Park Service official says she's a scapegoat Updated: May-04-15 3:49 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A former National Park Service official in Iowa says she was unfairly blamed and fired for approving illegal construction projects that damaged a sacred American Indian burial site.