Rail strike negotiations stalled by battle over sick leave policies

The top union negotiator in talks to avert a railroad strike has accused BNSF and Union Pacific to delay progress. Specifically, Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, or BLET, said the companies rejected the union’s proposal for sick leave policies. “The main resistance comes from the Union Pacific and the … Read more

Major rail unions edge closer to strike

Two of the biggest railway unions in negotiations with rail carriers have drawn a line in the sand: They are demanding that more quality of life provisions be included in the contract, covering attendance policies, holidays and on sick days, otherwise they will go on strike. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the … Read more

White House slams Republican critics of student loan forgiveness

Caroline Purser | The image bank | Getty Images Biden administration hits back at Republicans considering take legal action against President Joe Biden’s historic decision to cancel student debt for tens of millions of Americans. A White House spokesman, Abdullah Hasan, accused the GOP of double standards that punish the middle class. “Let’s be clear … Read more

The jobs report should be hot and that could lead to an aggressive Fed

People enter a store along a busy Manhattan shopping street on December 10, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Job growth in August likely slowed from July’s blistering pace, but is still expected to have been quite strong, with widespread hiring across many sectors. Monthly jobs data is always important, but … Read more

US McDonald’s chef says California fast food bill unfairly targets big chains

A sign is displayed outside a McDonald’s restaurant on April 28, 2022 in San Leandro, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images McDonald’s boss On Wednesday, the United States publicly criticized a landmark California bill that would give the state more control over the wages of fast-food workers, saying it unfairly targets big chains. The remarks … Read more

More details emerge on Biden’s federal student debt cancellation plan

Student borrowers hold a rally on August 25, 2022 outside the White House to celebrate President Joe Biden’s cancellation of federal student debt. Paul Morigi | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images As tens of millions of Americans process the news of federal student loan forgiveness, countless questions are emerging about how it will all … Read more

More details emerge on Biden’s federal student debt cancellation plan

Student borrowers hold a rally on August 25, 2022 outside the White House to celebrate President Joe Biden’s cancellation of federal student debt. Paul Morigi | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images As tens of millions of Americans process the news of federal student loan forgiveness, countless questions are emerging about how it will all … Read more

Hungarian meteorological service chiefs fired after poor forecast

Budapest, Hungary — The two senior officials of Hungary’s weather service were fired on Monday after an inaccurate rain forecast led to the postponement of a fireworks display on the country’s most important national holiday. The dismissal of the director and deputy director of the National Meteorological Service prompted accusations of political interference by the … Read more

Walmart expands abortion coverage for employees after Roe v Wade

Customers outside a Walmart store in Torrance, California, U.S., Sunday, May 15, 2022. Walmart Inc. is expected to release earnings numbers on May 17. Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images walmart on Friday told employees it would expand coverage for abortion and related travel, according to an internal memo. The change takes place about … Read more

Google employees call on management to get equal abortion benefits

Bambi Okugawa is a data center technician at one of Google’s data centers in a US state with one of the country’s strictest abortion bans: Tennessee. The state will ban abortions as early as six weeks, without exception for rape or incest, on Aug. 25 due to a “trigger law.” If necessary, Okugawa could have … Read more