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  • Are permanent jobs getting the pink slip? Monday, 18 May 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    Full-time stable employment may be getting a pink slip, with less secure working relationships set to drive weaker economic growth, ILO data show.

  • LONDON, May 18- The head of Britain's largest trade union Unite has threatened to sever links with the opposition Labour Party if the party's next leader moves it further away from its traditional base of support. It is the challenge of the Labour Party to demonstrate that they are the voice of ordinary working people, that they are the voice of organised labour, "...

  • Victory for farmer forced to accept union contract Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    In a May 5, 2015, photo, farmworkers and supporters march in advance of a vote by the Washington, D.C., City Council on a measure "calling on Gerawan Farming to honor a contract issued in 2013 by a neutral mediator and approved by the state."

    An appeals court has ruled in favor of Gerawan farms, saying that a state cannot force a contract if both sides do not come to terms.

  • HOUSTON, May 14- Striking workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery are scheduled to vote on Monday on a new contract proposal hammered out by a federal mediator, an official of the United Steelworkers union local chapter said on Thursday. National Labor Relations Board told labor and management that they had found merit to charges...

  • Senators forge path forward on Pacific trade pact Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

    Senate alters voting procedure on trade deal to please both sides of the aisle.

  • How to fix unfair CEO pay system: AFL-CIO president Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:31 AM ET
    Richard Trumka

    Shareholders should be given the power to decide CEO pay to scale back outsized executive compensation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.

  • CEOs new 'royalty' in America: Richard Trumka   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 8:05 AM ET
    CEOs new 'royalty' in America: Richard Trumka

    Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president unveils this year's list of the nation's highest paid executives, and weighs in on the disparity between wage ratios. And Ken Langone, shares his views on why education is vital in the wage debate.

  • Nice nails, grim lives: The plight of manicurists Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 10:24 AM ET
    A customer gets a neck massage while her nails dry at a salon on West 14th Street in New York.

    Manicures have become a grooming staple for women, but largely overlooked is the exploitation of workers in the industry.

  • Will Indonesia's Mideast maid ban backfire? Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:08 PM ET
    Indonesian activists protest against the death penalty, in response to the execution of 2 Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia.

    Indonesia has imposed a ban on any more of its domestic helpers from working in 21 Middle Eastern countries, but will the move backfire?

  • May 5- Southwest Airlines Co said Tuesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Transport Workers Union 550, the union that represents its 250 dispatchers who help oversee flight operations. The tentative deal provides "adjusted wage-scale increases" and would extend the dispatchers' contract for four years, the company said in a statement.

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 5- Argentina soyoil shipments were slowed on Tuesday by the start of a wage strike by a union representing 20 percent of the country's crushing workers, while the powerful CGT dock-workers union debated whether to join work stoppage. If the soyoil workers strike spreads to other unions representing stevedores at Argentina's key grains hub of...

  • Need to close the gap on unequal pay: Jarrett   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Need to close the gap on unequal pay: Jarrett

    Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President of the United States, discusses weak GDP growth; female labor participation rate; and Baltimore protests.

  • DETROIT, April 29- General Motors on Thursday will announce a multibillion-dollar, multiyear investments in several U.S. manufacturing plants in a move to boost production and vehicle quality, a person familiar with the matter said. The announcement comes as GM and the United Auto Workers union gear up to negotiate a new master contract this fall for GM's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The leader of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions has called on Hillary Clinton and other presidential hopefuls to oppose an Obama administration trade pact. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday delivered his first address about the U.S. presidential election in November 2016, laying out criteria the federation's 56...

  • ATHENS, April 24- Greece's parliament on Friday approved a decree forcing state entities to lend cash to the near-bankrupt state, defying protests by municipalities and labor unions. Just weeks away from running out of cash, Athens has been tapping into the cash reserves of public sector entities through so-called repo transactions to cover its needs.

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just U.S. businesses, but also American workers. Obama said during a news conference that some Democrats and labor unions would oppose the deal, while others "believe that we cannot stop a global economy at our shores." But he said previous trade...

  • HOUSTON, April 16- Striking workers at the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, rejected the company's final contract offer, said an official of the United Steelworkers union local representing the workers. In rejecting the offer, the union said told Marathon it was willing to resume negotiations on Monday in an effort to end...

  • Gawker writers trying to unionize Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:04 PM ET
    Members of the CIO Local 211 iron, steel and tin workers wear signs supporting the union during a strike in Pittsburgh, circa 1937.

    Members of Gawker Media's staff have announced an attempt to unionize, saying they want to make the company more 'functional' and 'fair.'

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 14- Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists are...

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 14- Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists are...