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  • BERLIN, Dec 15- Some staff at Amazon warehouses in Germany started a new three-day strike on Monday to press their demands for better pay and conditions as the online retailer races to ensure Christmas orders are delivered on time. Labor union Verdi said that it expected at least 2,000 workers to join the strike at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in...

  • Belgian strike paralyzes traffic, idles industry Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— A general strike paralyzed Belgium's air and rail traffic and idled scores of companies across the country Monday as trade unions capped a month of labor action against government austerity policies. The strike had an immediate international impact since Brussels Airport, a busy hub with connections throughout Europe and beyond, had no traffic...

  • The case, closely watched by both labor groups and businesses, pitted a sign language interpreting service called Purple Communications against the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of trade unions in the United States. The union challenged the California- based company's policy prohibiting employees from using business email to "engage in activities on...

  • Italian PM not backing down on reform plans Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    ISTANBUL— Facing nationwide strikes, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says he's not backing down on plans to shake up the country's labor market in an effort to fight double-digit unemployment and bring it out of recession. Two major trade unions in Italy have called nationwide strikes Friday to protest Renzi's plans to ease regulations to make it easier to fire...

  • Taj Mahal gives union till Monday to drop appeal Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The owners of the Trump Taj Mahal casino say Atlantic City's main casino workers' union has reneged on a deal to keep the casino open and save its 3,000 jobs. In a letter sent Thursday to Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO Bob Griffin gave the union until 5 p.m. Monday to drop its appeal of a...

  • Multiemployer pensions could face cuts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 9- Public labor unions and others challenging a 2013 law aimed at easing Illinois' pension burden objected on Tuesday to a fast-tracking of the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week asked the Illinois Supreme Court to speed up the appeal of Sangamon County Court...

  • Dec 9- The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory. Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove...

  • Labor movement 'concertmaster' tests Beijing Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    When local officials warned striking shoe factory workers in Pearl River Delta that they were breaking the law, labor lawyer Duan Yi faced them down.

  • GENEVA, Dec 5- Stagnant wage growth in rich countries is a result of corporate penny-pinching and not competition from cheap Chinese labor, the International Labor Organization said on Friday. Average wages in developed countries have grown only 0.4 percent since 2009 despite a 5.3 percent increase in workers' productivity, the ILO said in its latest Global...

  • President Barack Obama acknowledged differences within his own Democratic Party on free trade agreements that he supports and vowed to make a strong case for trade to Congress. Obama said free trade is "tough politics" among some lawmakers because many Americans feel their wages and income have stagnated as a result of foreign trade. He said his argument to U.S....

  • OBAMA SAYS US LABOR UNIONS SHOULD NOT OPPOSE A TRADE DEAL THAT WOULD REQUIRE VIETNAM TO IMPROVE LABOR LAWS.

  • DETROIT, Dec 1- The United Auto Workers union said on Monday it will press managers of the Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor. "It's unfortunate that Mercedes-Benz had to be ordered to simply allow workers to discuss their right to organize," said Kirk...

  • DETROIT, Dec 1- The United Auto Workers union said on Monday it will press managers of the Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor. "It's unfortunate that Mercedes-Benz had to be ordered to simply allow workers to discuss their right to organize," said Kirk...

  • Could the West Coast port strike cancel Christmas? Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Workers at the Port of Los Angeles

    One retailer's worries show how the ongoing West Coast dock labor troubles are affecting the outlook for sales.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 21- A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge rejected the state's argument that public workers and...

  • How the West Coast port strife affects retailers  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    The ongoing labor strife at West Coast ports is putting pressure on retailers, such as GameStop and Ann Taylor, who need speedy access to the billions of dollars worth of imports that come in through the docks.

  • Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:23 AM ET
    A Crowley Maritime Corp. tugboat prepares to guide the MOL Endurance Container ship out of its berth at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.

    Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn, as employers decried the "extended break" in talks.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Nov 20- A ruling on whether an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is constitutional will be issued on Friday, a judge overseeing the case said on Thursday. Public labor unions and retirement groups argue the provision in Illinois' constitution against the impairment or diminishment of those...