Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions.
Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
As income inequality is growing in many countries, associated social problems are also getting worse.
Research suggests union membership by default could help reduce income inequality and its associated social ills.
How much judges are paid is a thorny issue for governments. It shouldn’t be.
Secure and appropriate compensation for judges is a constitutionally recognized component of judicial independence. Here's why politics must not be allowed to interfere with it.
Canada Post workers walk the picket line during a rotating strike in Halifax on Nov. 13, 2018.
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Ottawa has ordered postal workers back on the job, but is it constitutional? We should be circumspect about intervening in the bargaining process and skeptical about claims it's in the public good.
After a long industrial campaign, Amazon workers in Italy have persuaded their employer to reach an agreement with them.
Tech companies overseas are signing collective agreements with their employees. Might Australia be next?
As ACTU secretary, Sally McManus has proven effective at elevating the debate over workplace reform.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
Donald Trump says cheap Mexican labor is hurting American workers. But isn’t it also hurting Mexican workers?
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Trump has attacked NAFTA, saying that cheap, under-regulated Mexican labor hurts American workers. If he's right, then NAFTA negotiations could be a chance to push Mexico on workers' rights.
Not only did trade union membership peak in the 1970s – so did their way of doing things.
We need to get noticed.
Once investors put their shoulders to the wheel, everything changes.
Yale University graduate students have sought to form a union for more than a decade.
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Thwarted efforts to organize at Yale and a New York nursing home show how a changing of the guard at the National Labor Relations Board could potentially end the labor movement.
Low-wage workers were strong opponents of Puzder’s nomination.
The purpose of the Labor Department is to advocate on behalf of workers. As such, it deserves a qualified leader of competence and commitment.
The strike by doctors in Kenya has been ongoing for two months, paralysing public hospitals.
Doctors in Kenya went on strike two months ago asking the government to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in June 2013.
Trump’s victory may accelerate the ‘attack on the middle class.’
Labor's decline has steadily eroded the prospects of working-class Americans, fueling the backlash that propelled Trump. His election, however, will likely deliver unions a knockout punch, hurting his supporters most.
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Whether you're spending the holiday shopping for bargains, barbecuing with friends or striking for better pay, here are a few Labor Day highlights from our labor experts.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to.
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The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.
The association representing AFL players is a good example of using a union model to give workers a voice.
In an increasingly individualised workplace, unions can no longer rely on organising tactics to survive. Instead, they need to undertake a major "rebranding".
Achieving genuine co-operation in Australian workplaces is difficult.
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
Overworked and underpaid.
Bring back collective bargaining to help fix the developing teacher crisis.
FDR’s New Deal helped end Depression-era lines like this one.
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A case before the Supreme Court could deal a major blow to unions, highlighting the need for leaders of business and labor to negotiate a new New Deal.
UAW workers are fighting back.
Labor leaders sometimes seem to concede defeat too easily, yet workers are still fighting for their place in the middle class.