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  • 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...

  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    Facebook shuttle bus drivers voted Wednesday to unionize to get better pay and working conditions, which could lead other service workers to unionize.

  • California farm slugging it out with labor union Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    Gerawan Farming is locked in a legal battle with the labor union over whether it should represent its 3,000 workers.

  • Coalition asks Obama to intervene in port dispute  Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    CNBC's Hallie Jackson reports a coalition has come together and asked President Obama to appoint a federal mediator after the Pacific Maritime Association is accusing the longshoreman's union of an intentional slowdown.

  • West Coast port workers blame management  Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    CNBC's Hallie Jackson reports the Pacific Maritime Association is accusing the longshoreman's union of an intentional slowdown. The National Retail Federation claims a 5 day shutdown of the port this year could cost $10 billion.

  • Lufthansa strike, train stoppage strand millions Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 7:53 PM ET

    Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights amid a pilots strike, compounding travel woes after millions were stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage.

  • Worker paychecks flat since 1979  Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jeff Cox and Carleton English discuss the unemployment rate and what's really driving the jobs and wages issue.

  • France considers tightening controls on job-seekers Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 10- The French government is looking to impose tighter checks on the unemployed to ensure they are seeking work, an attempt to limit spending on benefits and cut joblessness that has split ruling Socialists and infuriated trade unions. Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls set off the outcry this week by suggesting more needed to be done to encourage...

  • DETROIT, Sept 29- The United Auto Workers union and two top German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a top UAW official said on Monday.

  • Daimler works council to meet UAW union in Alabama Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    FRANKFURT/ DETROIT, Sept 26- Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama, United States, to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the United Auto Workers union.