Labor unions

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, discusses the state of teacher contract talks at City Hall in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Fran Spielman/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 29, 2019 - 10:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor on Tuesday accused leaders of the city's powerful teachers union of using its "political agenda" to hold up a contract agreement to end a strike that will keep students from classrooms for at least 10 days. Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for Wednesday after...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo signs are posted during a demonstration outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa. Now that the United Auto Workers union has settled with General Motors after a nearly six-week strike, the union will focus on Ford and then Fiat Chrysler. But neither of the companies is going to want the same terms as GM agreed to, making one or two more strikes possible. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 28, 2019 - 9:49 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Just after workers ratified a new contract with General Motors last week, the president of the United Auto Workers union put out a statement that Ford would be next for "pattern bargaining." That pattern means the UAW will use the GM deal as a template in its talks with Ford, and...
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Senior Thai Commerce Ministry Keerati Rushchano talks to the media after a press conference at the Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, in Nonthaburi province. Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Thai officials have said that plans by the United States to end preferential trade privileges on a range of imports from Thailand were not unexpected, and would seek talks with Washington on the matter. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 28, 2019 - 7:35 am
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand plans to seek talks with the United States on a decision to end preferential trade privileges on a range of Thai exports including seafood, officials said Monday. Keerati Rushchano, acting director-general of the Commerce Ministry's Foreign Trade Department,...
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In this undated photo provided by Mila Cohen shows Cohen, left, with her daughter Yelena Cohen. Yelena is a Chicago Public School student with cognitive disabilities. Her mother, Mila says she supports teachers' demands for more nurses in schools and salary increases for support staff, including aides for CPS students who have special needs.(Mila Cohen via AP)
October 26, 2019 - 9:21 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A seven-day strike by Chicago teachers has hit students with disabilities and their families hard, but many say they support educators' demands. The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools remained at odds Saturday over teacher pay, staffing and class sizes. Progress has...
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Ronald Haggins (center) and George Robinson (right), seniors at Simeon Career Academy High School who play football, congregate with other students outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office at City Hall, Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2019. The students showed up at Lightfoot's office to voice their frustration over the impact the Chicago Teachers Union strike is having on Chicago Public Schools students and athletes. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 25, 2019 - 7:33 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A strike by school teachers in Chicago has spread from the picket line to the playing field. Thousands of high school athletes, shut out of class for more than a week, are arguing, rallying and even filing lawsuits for the chance to compete in post-season play. Hanging in...
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Thousands of striking Chicago Teachers Union and their supporters march at City Hall before Mayor Lori Lightfoot was scheduled to deliver her first budget address during the monthly Chicago City Council meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Classes at Chicago Public Schools were canceled for the fifth day on Wednesday as the Chicago Teachers Union and the district remained at odds over teacher pay, class sizes and additional staff for schools. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 25, 2019 - 7:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago teachers' strike interruption of fall high school sports (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Cook County judge has ruled that high school cross-country runners idled by a Chicago teachers' strike won't be able to participate in a state-qualifying meet...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo picketers carry signs at one of the gates outside the closed General Motors automobile assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Many from Lordstown, Ohio, and near Baltimore and Detroit are opposing a deal that could end a 37-day strike that crippled GM’s U.S. production and cost the company an estimated $2 billion. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 22, 2019 - 4:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — If they can close our plant, they can close yours, too. That's the message from workers at three shuttered General Motors factories that didn't get new products under the tentative contract agreement reached last week between GM and the United Auto Workers, who have been on strike...
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Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Loop on day two of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 22, 2019 - 11:59 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling stretched. Unions and professional groups for such...
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Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Near West Side after a rally in Union Park on day five of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities are canceled Monday as the strike enters its first full week. The work stoppage began on Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 9:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago teachers who are seeking smaller class sizes and higher pay also are demanding that the nation's third-largest city do more to lower housing costs and put more resources into helping homeless students. The demand for affordable housing citywide — for students and...
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A student pours milk on his cereal as Mayor Lori Lightfoot passes out breakfast to Chicago Public Schools students at a contingency site, Gads Hill Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Striking Chicago teachers have returned to the picket lines for a second day as union and city bargainers try to hammer out a contract in the nation's third-largest school district. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 19, 2019 - 3:48 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids. For some families, the Chicago Teachers Union walkout meant a day off and a bit...
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