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US lawmakers seek Xinjiang import ban over forced labor

Washington - US lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a ban on most imports from China's Xinjiang region, charging that goods produced by Uighur forced laborers were easily making their way into the United States.

Ballooning dispute: America's giant inflatable rats under attack

New York - New Yorkers are used to seeing rats on the street but they are not always small, furry ones. Sometimes they are inflatable and taller than giraffes.

Mexico rejects bid in US Congress to impose trade-pact inspectors

Mexico - Mexico rejected on Saturday an attempt in the US Congress that would send American inspectors into Mexican factories to ensure they respect labor protections provided by the new North American trade pact.

Bolsonaro defends child labor in Brazil, sparking outcry

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, no stranger to controversy, sparked a new brouhaha this week by repeatedly defending the practice of child labor."I've been working since I was eight years old...

Bolsonaro, who worked from age 8, defends child labor in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, no stranger to controversy, sparked a new brouhaha this week by repeatedly defending the practice of child labor."I've been working since I was eight years old...

Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public

New York - Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers turned off their apps in a US-wide strike Wednesday over pay and working conditions, casting a shadow over this week's keenly anticipated Wall Street debut of ride-hailing leader Uber.

Oracle underpaid women and minority workers by $401 million

Oracle underpaid women and minority workers by $400 million between 2013 and 2016 due to what the US Labor Deparment described as systematic discrimination, the agency said Tuesday.

Escaped worker fears N.Korea stepping up forced labor

Washington - A North Korean who said he escaped round-the-clock labor in the Middle East and Russia voiced fears Friday that Pyongyang was sending more forced workers abroad and appealed for greater international attention.

On labor holiday, Trump jabs union head over NAFTA remarks

Washington - US President Donald Trump took a crack Monday at the head of the nation's largest federation of labor unions on the US Labor Day holiday after the workers' advocate criticized his threat to exclude Canada from a new NAFTA deal.

Brazilian leftists demonstrate outside Lula's prison

Curitiba - More than 2,000 leftist supporters of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva demonstrated Tuesday near the prison in Curitiba where he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

Greenpeace Argentina boss accused of sexual harassment

Buenos Aires - The executive director of Greenpeace Argentina has been suspended after about 40 former employees signed a document accusing him of discrimination, threats and sexual harassment.

Blue-collar women find hope in #MeToo movement

Chicago - The #MeToo movement may be changing work cultures from entertainment to politics, but Guadalupe Hinojosa will still be stepping into a tough world for women when she completes her training as a welder.

Workplace harassment not just a Hollywood problem

Los Angeles - The Weinstein revelations have once again shone a light on Hollywood's seedy underbelly -- but rampant sexual harassment in the workplace is hardly confined to the glamorous world of show business.

In Mexico, NAFTA's 'winners' worry for its future

Juarez - Maria left behind a life of poverty as a farm worker to come to Juarez. Adriana moved to the city at 15 to work. Gildardo traveled three days across Mexico to make it here.

Temer's government accused of shielding 'slavery'

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Michel Temer's center-right government is facing accusations of trying to cover up exploitation of workers in conditions likened to modern-day slavery.

Musk calls attack on Tesla working conditions 'outrageous'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is denying allegations that factory workers are subject to poor working conditions. In fact, Musk called the allegations "morally outrageous," in a direct message with Gizmodo.

Philadelphia Orchestra sets contract after strike mars gala

New York - The Philadelphia Orchestra sealed a contract with its musicians, ending a strike that was brief but marred opening night for one of the leading US classical music institutions.

Uber, Airbnb workers to benefit from new S.F. janitors contract

San Francisco - Workers for web-enabled car and home rental services will be paid more under a deal with San Francisco's janitors' union negotiated with the help of the city's mayor.

Venezuela extends shortened workweek decree for public sector

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Saturday extended by two weeks a decree reducing the public sector workweek to Mondays and Tuesdays in a bid to tackle the oil-rich country's electricity crisis.

Cuba May Day rally defends embattled Latin American left

Havana - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched Sunday in the country's annual May Day rally, which condemned a campaign to "destabilize" leftist governments around Latin America.

Venezuela enforces public sector leave on three weekdays

Caracas - Venezuela's government Tuesday announced enforced leave for public sector workers three days a week, meaning they will only work just two days, in a bid to tackle an electricity shortage.

Venezuela enforces public sector leave on three weekdays

Caracas - Venezuela's government Tuesday announced enforced leave for public sector workers three days a week, meaning they will only work just two days, in a bid to tackle an electricity shortage.

Venezuela enforces public sector leave on three weekdays

Caracas - Venezuela's government Tuesday announced enforced leave for public sector workers three days a week, meaning they will only work just two days, in a bid to tackle an electricity shortage.

Will robots take away your job? Special

In the classic sci fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a robot vaporizes anyone standing in its way. In reality, though, it’s not people that robots are vaporizing, it’s their jobs.

France to revise labor policies in early 2016

Paris - The French government will work on new labor law reforms that aim to adjust workers' schedules and provide them better benefits.

Embattled Rousseff pledges support for Brazil workers

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took to social media Friday rather than make a formal May Day address to underscore her government's commitment to workers' rights, amid a foundering economy and graft scandal that threatens to derail her administrati...

Thousands rally in Ecuador for and against president

Quito - Tens of thousands of Ecuadorans, including President Rafael Correa, his supporters and anti-government protesters turned out Friday for May Day rallies across a handful of cities.

Castro, Venezuelan leader at May Day rally in Havana

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro joined President Raul Castro at a huge May Day rally in Havana on Friday in a show of socialist unity minus the usual anti-imperialist rhetoric.

With immigration fight, U.S. Homeland Security shutdown nears

Washington - A Department of Homeland Security shutdown grew increasingly likely, with lawmakers fighting over funding for the U.S. agency amid a bitter standoff about President Barack Obama's immigration reform plan.

Workers threaten to strike Sunday at huge Texas refinery

Port Arthur - Workers at the largest oil refinery in the United States joined a growing nationwide strike Saturday when they left their jobs at the Motiva Enterprises LLC facility in Port Arthur, Texas.
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