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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.

Apple seeks to reform labor practices

Tech giant Apple is slowly making progress in relation to the treatment of its workers in overseas factories. The company has declared that it will no longer allow the practice of "bonded servitude."

Labor market benefits from higher unemployment rates

Compared to last year, the amount of unemployment benefits at the state level hiked up 12,000 to reach 293,000, according to the Labor Department.

McDonald's loses crucial labor ruling

New York - For many years McDonald's was able to avoid many cases and claims by putting responsibility on the franchisee. After a ruling they are now known as a joint employer of workers at franchises, which means they have many more responsibilities for workers.

Bolivia legalizes child labor for kids from age 10

La Paz - Bolivia passed a law Thursday authorizing children to work from age 10, saying the rule is necessary due to realities in the impoverished country where kids join the labor market prematurely.

Samsung finds 'evidence' of child labour at China plant

Seoul - Samsung said Monday it temporarily suspended business with one of its suppliers in China over the suspected use of child workers, following criticism that its monitoring of illegal labour practices was ineffective.

Argentines strike over inflation and crime

Buenos Aires - A general strike called to protest against the government of Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner disrupted public transport Thursday amid growing public anger over price rises and crime.

Argentina hit by strike over inflation, crime

Buenos Aires - A strike against the policies of Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner halted trains and buses on Thursday amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime.

Argentina braces for major strike

Buenos Aires - Argentina braced Wednesday for a major strike in a fresh challenge to President Cristina Kirchner amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime.
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