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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.

Argentina schools to reopen after 3 weeks of strikes

Buenos Aires - About 2.5 million primary and middle school students will return to class in Argentina's biggest province Monday after 17 days of teacher strikes over pay.The teachers union said Saturday it had reached agreement on a 30 percent salary hike.

Canadian labor productivity rises 1.0 percent in fourth quarter

March 7 - (Reuters) Canadian labor productivity rose by a higher-than-expected 1.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, the highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2010, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Gap boosts wages for US employees

New York - US retailer Gap Inc.

JPMorgan to pay $1.45 mn for sexual harassment

New York - US banking giant JPMorgan Chase will pay $1.45 million to settle charges that it permitted a sexually charged work environment that led to unfair treatment of 16 female employees in Ohio.

Chile, unions reach agreement to end ports strike

Santiago - The government of Chile reached a deal with union leaders early Saturday to end a month-long strike at several ports that had crippled the nation's export sector.

US labor board files complaint on Walmart violations

Washington - The US National Labor Relations Board issued a formal complaint Wednesday against giant retailer Walmart, saying it violated labor rules by threatening and punishing workers who joined pro-union protests.

Alyssa Meza, 9, helps her mom safely deliver baby

Chicago - Alyssa Meza, 9, rose to the challenge when her mom went into labor; young Alyssa stepped up to mark helping her mother safely deliver baby sister, Aaliyah.

Golfer withdraws from tournament as wife goes into labor

Toronto - Leading the RBC Canadian Open through two rounds, Hunter Mahan withdrew himself at the start of his thrid round when he finds out that his wife had gone into labor.

Kate Middleton in early labor

London - The royal family of England will be expanding shortly. Kensington Palace confirmed that The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital this morning in the early stages of labour.

Is the trend reversing? Big hubs fear labor shortages in China

Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other huge manufacturing hubs are starting to fear serious labor shortages, as inland provinces hold job fairs to lure migrant workers to come back home.

Pregnant woman pulled through snow on makeshift sled to hospital

Naugatuck - With nearly 30 inches of snow on ground following a visit from Winter Storm Nemo, a frantic husband and neighbors use a makeshift sled to get a women going into labor to the hospital.

Watch male TV hosts undergo simulated birth labor contractions

Dutch television hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno decided to experience simulated labor contractions in order to know what women feel during birth. The two men yelled, cried and clutched at pillows for over two hours of the artificial "labor" ordeal.

Union strike forces Hostess to close; 18,500 jobs lost

Crippled by a nationwide strike, on Friday the makers of Wonder Bread and Hostess Brands snack products that include iconic Twinkies cakes announced plans to permanently close its doors and lay off all of its 18,500 employees.

Israeli's Prime Minister calls early election over ailing economy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an early election, saying the vote should be held "as soon as possible."

Mexico set to implement wide ranging labor reform

Mexico is considering legislation which will lead to a significant change to labor practices across the country. The plans are opposed by labor unions and some opposition groups.

Op-Ed: Labor unions scale down support for Democrats

Charlotte - The president of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka said organized labor will have less involvement with the Democratic Party in the 2012 elections. Trumka claims that labor will build its own political organizations rather than simply supporting the Democrats.
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