Labor issues

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, a temporary worker from Mexico plants strawberries on a farm in Mirabel, Quebec as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the countryside. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 01, 2020 - 1:45 am
The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the countryside. United Nations experts are holding an online conference beginning Tuesday to brainstorm ways to help alleviate hunger and prevent the problems...
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Anatoly Bokun, leader of strike committee at Belaruskali, a huge potash factory in Soligorsk, speaks to workers in Soligorsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Bokun was detained by police Monday and is facing a 15-day jail sentence on charges of organizing an unsanctioned protest. The factory, which accounts for a fifth of the world's potash fertilizer output, is the nation's top cash earner. (AP Photo)
August 31, 2020 - 1:08 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authorities on Monday handed a jail sentence to a factory strike organizer and detained a leading opposition activist, part of a methodical effort to stifle weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian leader after an election the opposition says was rigged...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1980 file photo, Lech Walesa, head of the striking workers delegation, center, is pictured during the first negotiations and signing of the preliminary contract between the striking workers and the Polish government delegation, led by deputy Premier Mieczyslaw Jagielski, with his back to the camera, right, at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. Poland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation's history. (Bjoern Elgstrand/Reportagebild via AP, file)
August 31, 2020 - 8:44 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Monday celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation's history. At the same time, Poland is closely watching protests in neighboring...
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2019 file photo, construction is underway at the Lusail Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Lusail, Qatar. A U.N. labor body says new labor rules in the energy-rich nation of Qatar “effectively dismantles” the country’s long-criticized “kafala” employment system. The International Labor Organization said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, that as of now, migrant workers can change jobs before the end of their contracts without obtaining the permission of their current employers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
August 30, 2020 - 5:44 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New labor rules in the energy-rich nation of Qatar “effectively dismantles” the country's long-criticized “kafala” employment system, a U.N. labor body said Sunday. The International Labor Organization said as of now, migrant workers can change jobs before the end...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. As they searched for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates vetted by an outside firm. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, the man ultimately hired for job. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)
August 30, 2020 - 5:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — During its search for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates screened by an outside company. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, who ultimately got the job. Instead, in what Democrats call a breach of protocol and blatant...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, groom Cesar Abrego gives a bath to one of the horses being trained by Dale Romans following his morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Abrego came from Guatemala on an H-2B visa. The Trump administration’s immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short of workers, racing officials warn as they prepare for a reconfigured Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
August 30, 2020 - 5:27 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration’s immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short of workers, racing officials warn as they prepare for a reconfigured Kentucky Derby. The racing world’s premier event,...
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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, and Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short speak before an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 27, 2020 - 10:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff said Thursday that NBA protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are “absurd and silly.” “If they want to protest, I don’t think we care,” Marc Short told CNN's “New Day.” His comments came the day after the...
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August 27, 2020 - 10:04 am
DETROIT (AP) — A former president of the United Auto Workers union was charged with corruption Thursday, accused of conspiring with his successor and others to embezzle money for golf, vacation villas and fine dining. Dennis Williams is the 15th person to be charged in an investigation of...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, students of the Robert-Koch vocational college sit with face masks in the classroom during computer science lessons in Dortmund, Germany. Despite a spike in coronavirus infections, authorities in Europe are determined to send children back to school. At least 41 of Berlin’s 825 schools reported virus cases as classes resumed this month, and thousands of students have been quarantined around the country. But Germany is determined not to close schools anew, so they're sending individual students or classes into quarantine instead. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
August 27, 2020 - 9:03 am
PARIS (AP) — The U.N. says it's urgent to get kids back to schools after months-long coronavirus lockdowns, but with the virus still raging in parts of the United States and resurging in countries from South Korea to France, Spain and Britain, medical authorities are urging caution. Governments are...
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FILE - An American Airlines Boeing 737-823 lands at Miami International Airport, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami.American Airlines said Tuesday, Aug. 25 that it will furlough or lay off 19,000 employees in October as it struggles with a sharp downturn in travel because of the pandemic. Flight attendants will bear the heaviest cuts, with 8,100 losing their jobs. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
August 26, 2020 - 1:43 pm
The White House is considering whether it can take action to prevent thousands of job losses in the airline industry a month before the election if it cannot reach a deal with Congress on a broader package of additional pandemic relief. President Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said...
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