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  • Oil prices retreat from short-covering rebound Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Traders also cited a Bloomberg report that a port workers' union in Nigeria had ended its strike, potentially allowing crude oil shipments to resume out of the country.

  • Treat workers like assets, not costs: AFL-CIO head Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:46 AM ET
    Richard Trumka

    Employers should work with labor leaders to create training that leads to jobs, said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

  • America's wage growth woes  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, shares his concerns that wages are not rising as fast as they should.

  • Amazon workers in Germany extend strike Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    *Workers in Graben to keep striking until Dec. 24. Labor union Verdi launched a three-day strike on Monday at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany, adding a sixth warehouse from Tuesday, with more than 2,600 workers involved in the industrial action on Wednesday. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company had not seen any delays so far and had...

  • Casino union defies deadline in Taj Mahal showdown Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A casino workers union in Atlantic City defied a company-imposed deadline Monday to withdraw its appeal of a court-ordered, cost-cutting package. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union ignored the deadline imposed last week by Trump Entertainment Resorts to withdraw its appeal of a bankruptcy court order that terminated the union contract...

  • Union, shippers see slow progress in port talks Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:49 PM ET
    Cranes for unloading shipping containers stand at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.

    Contract talks that bogged down movement in West Coast ports are making slow but steady progress, the union and shippers said.

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • 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...

  • 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...