Labor issues

FILE - In this Oct. 2013, file photo, Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation, Godfrey, in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday, July 15, 2019. (The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 9:25 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that...
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July 14, 2019 - 1:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble, a sponsor of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, is now supporting its members' fight for equal pay. The company, which supports U.S. soccer through its Secret deodorant brand, says it will donate $529,000 — $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the U.S...
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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, right, accompanied President Donald Trump, left, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. Trump says Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to step down, move comes in wake of handling of Jeffrey Epstein case. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 12, 2019 - 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he's stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo, Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, speaks as Lee Saunders, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, applauds during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Union membership among public employees has fallen only slightly in the nation’s most unionized states since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that government workers no longer could be required to pay union fees, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 12, 2019 - 10:31 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Union membership among public employees has fallen only slightly in the nation's most labor-friendly states since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year ago that government workers no longer could be required to pay union fees. An analysis of federal data conducted for The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019, over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm
One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the...
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July 11, 2019 - 4:07 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell presents the monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee, July 11, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 11, 2019 - 3:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, said Thursday that the economy is in a "very good place" despite headwinds and that the Fed is prepared to do what it can to "keep it there." Powell's comments before the Senate Banking Committee...
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The U.S. women's soccer team, Megan Rapinoe center, celebrates at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 10, 2019 - 7:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Adoring fans packed New York City's Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team as athletic leaders on the field and advocates for pay equity off it. Crowds chanted "USA! USA!" and workers sounded air...
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From left, U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. women's soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan joins teammates and others as the U.S. women's soccer team is celebrated with a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. Player at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
July 10, 2019 - 3:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a New York City parade and ceremony honoring the U.S. women's national soccer team (all times local): 12:35 p.m. U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro says female athletes "deserve fair and equitable pay." Fans of the World Cup champion U.S. women's national...
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American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander, of the Houston Astros, throws during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 10, 2019 - 1:35 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — For one night, the pitchers took back the power. Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field in the All-Star Game. Instead, Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the...
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