Labor issues

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 18, 2020 - 4:28 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other...
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Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
September 17, 2020 - 11:14 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 17, 2020 - 10:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said...
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Bridgestone employees fire flares outside the tire factory of Bethune, northern France, Thursday, Sept.17, 2020. Workers protest over the Japan-based company's decision to close the plant and lay off all its nearly 900 workers. Bridgestone argues the factory is no longer competitive globally, but unions and French politicians accused the company of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext for the closure and not investing in modernizing the plant instead. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
September 17, 2020 - 6:41 am
PARIS (AP) — Workers protested Thursday at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company’s decision to close the plant and lay off its nearly 900 workers, accusing management of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext to ruin livelihoods. Japan-based Bridgestone argues...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come. The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
September 16, 2020 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest rate will likely remain at zero at least through 2023 and possibly even longer. Fed chair Jerome Powell said at a...
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FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, parents bring their children to participate in an outdoor learning demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus pandemic, at P.S. 15 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City's already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to physical classrooms on the following week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 16, 2020 - 3:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already- delayed school year started remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to actual classrooms next week. Even as more than a million kids remotely return to class, it's an open question whether the city can...
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People talk to staff at the entrance to a coronavirus testing facility in Sutton Coldfield, England, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2020. New measures are in place banning people from different homes from meeting together in some English cities, in response to a local rocketing coronavirus infection rate, although there is widespread criticism over the availability of testing facilities. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 5:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Corrections says two more state prison inmates have died, and the deaths could be linked to COVID-19. The department reported late Monday that one inmate was hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus. The other was being treated for...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Michele Watley, founder of Shirley's Kitchen Cabinet, testifies in favor of a bill before the Kansas Legislature to ban discrimination based on hairstyles in employment, housing and public accommodations during a committee hearing at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. A growing number of states, like New Mexico, are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools and in the workplace. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
September 15, 2020 - 3:15 pm
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A growing number of states are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and hairstyles in schools and the workplace. Advocates this week presented a draft proposal to New Mexico state lawmakers that would outlaw employers and schools from...
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People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus shop for vegetables in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
September 15, 2020 - 10:36 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India confirmed more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total caseload to nearly 5 million. The Health Ministry also reported 1,054 new deaths, driving total fatalities up to 80,776. With 4.93 million confirmed cases, India has the second-highest total in...
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Najee Ali, of Project Islamic Hope, presents Sgt. Larry Villareal, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept., flowers for deputies recovering at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The two deputies were shot Saturday while in their patrol vehicle in an ambush-style attack. Ali was especially troubled by reports that protesters were at the hospital chanting "we hope they die" while the officers were fighting for their lives. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)
September 14, 2020 - 10:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “fanning the flames of hatred” as America grapples with racism and police brutality, saying they instead should emphasize trust in the criminal justice system. Sheriff Alex...
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