| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:25 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health.
Three of the protesters,...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 6:25 PM
WASHINGTON — Most years on Thanksgiving, Eliseo Medina sits down for a turkey dinner with his family in Oxnard, filling tacos with stuffing and extra jalapenos.
This year the former secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Most Americans with health insurance will be guaranteed access to mental health services, including for depression and alcoholism, equal to medical and surgical treatment under long-delayed rules issued Friday by the Obama administration. But the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:31 PM
As expected, the state filed suit in federal court against the Department of Labor for blocking federal grants to state mass-transit agencies after unions objected to a new state law intended to slow the rising costs of public-employee pensions.
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:58 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary, leaving two controversial choices pending to fill President Obama’s second-term Cabinet.
Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., won a vote of...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 12:51 PM
The Labor Department on Tuesday announced a new rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million direct care workers.
The new rule would apply to workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON – A key Republican senator has dropped his objection to Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, potentially clearing her path as Republicans seek to head off Democratic efforts to change Senate...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 10:01 AM
WASHINGTON — Thomas E. Perez was confirmed as secretary of Labor on Thursday, ending a long battle over his nomination in a key test of this week’s deal to end a showdown over Senate rules.
Perez, currently the nation’s top civil...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Six weeks after taking over the U.S. Department of Labor, Marylander Thomas E. Perez is receiving praise from unions, concern from business leaders and hope from others that he will expand the agency's mission.
Perez, a former Maryland labor secretary,...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 7:30 PM
The leader of the nation's largest labor federation denounced several top American corporations and the U.S. Supreme Court for contributing to the erosion of the middle class.
In a fiery speech to thousands of union members at the AFL-CIO convention...