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  • HOUSTON, June 26- Unionized workers at Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont, Texas, refinery agreed to an unusually long six-year contract on Thursday night, which sources say the company pushed to assure no work stoppages during a contemplated multibillion-dollar expansion. Members of United Steelworkers union Local 13 -243 voted by secret ballot on the contract...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- Democrats in the U.S. Congress who backed legislation key to sealing a Pacific Rim trade pact this week shrugged off threats of retribution from labor unions and liberal activists who have vowed to hold them accountable at future elections. Forty-one Democrats this week defied pressure and supported legislation to let the White House...

  • PHNOM PENH, Cambodia— Cambodia's prime minister has established a special commission to investigate the long-unsolved killings of three labor leaders. Chea Vichea was president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the other slain men headed factory chapters of the union. The two men imprisoned for Chea Vichea's killing were in...

  • NEW DELHI, June 25- India's state social security and pension fund, undeterred by trade union resistance, will start investing in equity markets next month, the labor minister said, part of a broader push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to move away from socialist ways rooted in decades-old labor laws. With more than $100 billion of assets from some 80 million...

  • OSLO, June 18- Some 574 Norwegian rig workers could go on strike from next Thursday, potentially reducing oil production, unless a wage settlement is reached during talks with a state appointed mediator, three labor unions said on Thursday. The IE and DSO workers are all based on four drilling rigs owned by Odfjell Drilling, Stena Drilling, China Oilfield Services...

  • Air France union says "not at war" with management Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 2:29 AM ET

    PARIS, June 16- The trade union saying it represents 65 percent of Air France's pilots criticized its plan for new cost cuts and line closures but said it was "not at war" against the management, indicating no strike plans for now. Air France on Monday announced line closures and 80 million euros of new cost cuts as it accelerates its Perform 2020 restructuring plans...

  • MINNEAPOLIS, June 12- By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14- year low. But explain that to Bernie Hesse, projects director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Retail workers, who account for...

  • Los Angeles passes minimum wage hike to $15/hour Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 2:04 PM ET
    Workers react as the Los Angeles City Council votes 13-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

    The gradual increase approved by the city's council in a 12-1 vote will take place by 2020.

  • The history of Walker's anti-union alliance Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

    Supporting Scott Walker's career is a longstanding alliance of anti-union conservatives, The New York Times reports.

  • Gawker CEO on organizing 'anarchists' Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 4:43 PM ET
    Nick Denton, Gawker Media

    Gawker Media's CEO, Nick Denton, said on Friday that he is not disturbed by his staff's vote to unionize.

  • Gawker CEO: Organizing anarchists Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 11:33 AM ET
    Gawker CEO: Organizing anarchists

    Nick Denton, Gawker Media founder and CEO, discusses his employees' decision to unionize.

  • A new recruitment model for Hong Kong's maids Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 7:16 PM ET
    Filipino maids with food, hampers and bags reserve place to sit in Statue Square in central Hong Kong for a Sunday social function

    Frustration over how the recruitment industry treats Hong Kong's domestic helpers spurred entrepreneurs to found the Fair Employment Agency.

  • Gawker staff overwhelmingly votes to unionize Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 12:21 PM ET
    Gawker logo

    In a landslide vote, staffers at Gawker Media voted to join the Writers Guild of America, USA Today reports.

  • The crisis lives on: International trade union rep Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    The crisis lives on: International trade union rep

    Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), says global economies are still struggling.

  • Austerity is a 'damp cloth' on growth Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 11:35 AM ET
    Austerity is a 'damp cloth' on growth

    Philip Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, discusses problems facing the economy and the drawbacks of austerity.

  • For UAW members, two-tier wage issue is personal Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas, June 2- For United Auto Workers union members Jermaine and Akema Austin, a two-tier wage system at General Motors Co is not just business, it's personal. Detroit automakers, which pushed for and won the two-tier system in negotiations with the union, say the freedom to hire workers at lower wages has helped them recover from near-death in the...

  • Minimum wage hike 'a good thing': Robert Reich Sunday, 31 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Demonstrators gather in front of a McDonald's restaurant to call for an increase in minimum wage on April 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich is joining the chorus calling for a pay raise for the lowest-paid American workers.

  • *Tata says seeking to tackle $2 bln pension deficit. LONDON, May 29- Tata Steel UK's biggest trade union voted on Friday to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labour action in the British steel sector in three decades. "Steelworkers are determined to stand up to Tata," said Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community.

  • The great trade debate: How to help the middle class Friday, 29 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    The great trade debate: How to help the middle class

    Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell CEO, discuses how trade agreements affect the middle class and the upcoming presidential election.

  • LONDON, May 29- Tata Steel UK's biggest trade union voted on Friday to go on strike, setting the scene for the biggest labour action in the British steel sector in three decades. Tata Steel did not have any immediate comment about the vote, but previously has said that its actions were aimed at developing an affordable and sustainable pension scheme through...