Labor issues

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at Chicago City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Lightfoot said classes would be canceled Thursday after determining that she can't accept the Chicago Teachers Union's demands, which she says would cost the city $2.5 billion it can't afford. Talks are expected to continue Wednesday. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 11:19 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor announced on Wednesday that the city's public schools will be shut down on Thursday, ahead of an expected teachers' strike. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union would almost...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends the weekly EU College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. European Union and British negotiators have failed to get a breakthrough in the Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 16, 2019 - 11:06 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain sought to keep their chances of reaching a full Brexit divorce deal by Thursday's EU summit alive on Wednesday despite legal issues centering on the Irish border frustrating negotiators. Hopes were increasingly turning toward getting a broad political...
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at Chicago City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Lightfoot said classes would be canceled Thursday after determining that she can't accept the Chicago Teachers Union's demands, which she says would cost the city $2.5 billion it can't afford. Talks are expected to continue Wednesday. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 11:03 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor announced on Wednesday that the city's public schools will be shut down on Thursday, one day ahead of an expected teachers' strike. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union would...
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk, right, speak with each other during a tripartite summit in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. European Union and British negotiators have failed to get a breakthrough in the Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 16, 2019 - 11:01 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The British pound has had a wild day, swinging sharply on conflicting reports about the Brexit discussions in Brussels. Hopes that a Brexit deal will be secured sent the currency surging, while anything that sounded cautious on that...
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk, right, speak with each other during a tripartite summit in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. European Union and British negotiators have failed to get a breakthrough in the Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 16, 2019 - 10:37 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:30 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says that "theoretically" everything should be clear on the issue of Brexit in the coming hours. Tusk made his comments on Wednesday speaking to two broadcasters from his native Poland...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends the weekly EU College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. European Union and British negotiators have failed to get a breakthrough in the Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 16, 2019 - 9:14 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain saw their chances of reaching a full Brexit divorce deal by Thursday's EU summit diminish by the hour Wednesday as legal issues centering on the Irish border frustrated negotiators. Hopes were increasingly turning toward getting a broad political...
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out to greet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
October 16, 2019 - 7:52 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local): 1:50 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet again with members of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to discuss his Brexit plan. Johnson's spokesman James Slack says the prime...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends the weekly EU College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. European Union and British negotiators have failed to get a breakthrough in the Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 16, 2019 - 4:43 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough in Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. An EU official, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were...
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In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 photo, 21-year-old Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari poses for a photo at her basement Tehran coffee shop, in downtown Tehran, Iran. More than 3 million Afghans including as many as 2 million who entered without legal permission, live in the Islamic Republic, according to United Nations estimates. Jafari hopes her Telma, or “Dream,” Café in Tehran will help bridge the divides and xenophobia Afghans can face in Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
October 16, 2019 - 2:07 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari is living out a dream in her basement coffee shop in Tehran that is out of reach for millions like her in Iran. Jafari hopes her "Telma Cafe" ("Dream Cafe") will help bridge the divide between Afghans and Iranians and fight the xenophobia many...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney during a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 16, 2019 - 2:05 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough in Brexit talks during a frantic all-night session and will continue seeking a compromise on the eve of Thursday's crucial EU summit. An EU official, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were...
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