Massive gains in productivity haven’t led to more time free from work.
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In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that within a century, the normal workweek would decrease to 15 hours. Why was he wrong?
Hot flashes can happen anywhere, including at work.
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Three scholars who are writing a book about menopause and the law suggest ways to protect women experiencing it.
Dancers at Star Garden in LA have voted for union representation.
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Young motivated employees are pushing the movement for union representation among US workforces. Is it time for management to get on board?
Activists in Dhaka demand safe working conditions in 2019, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.
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Ten years after the collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, the garment industry’s deadliest disaster, reforms are incomplete. The opaqueness of today’s complex supply chain is part of the problem.
Elon Musk brought a sink to work on his first day as Twitter’s CEO, to let his new role ‘sink in.’
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The country’s reliance on ‘at-will’ employment means that companies face few restrictions when they want to downsize their workforces.
A long-brewing dispute?
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A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint over instances of anti-union practices at Starbucks. And that was before the company’s boss threatened to withhold wages.
Union demonstration in La Defense, Paris.
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A study shows that the ambition to strengthen social dialogue is yet to be realised in France.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving is paying the price for ignoring New York City’s vaccinate mandate – and his union’s decision to allow it.
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The reasons have a lot to do with the nature of unions as representative of workers’ views, as well as the importance of protecting their right to bargain.
Labor violations disproportionately affect Black Americans.
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Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues.
It’s estimated that over one-third of all private companies require their employees to sign noncompete clauses.
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While noncompetes may make sense for well-paid executives who possess trade secrets, they make less sense for low-paid workers – yet many are subject to the agreements.
Warehouse workers at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Ala., recently tried, and failed, to form a union.
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A study found that poverty rates among households with at least one union member were significantly lower than nonunionized households.
Nursing home aides have protested working conditions that can push them to work while sick.
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Over one-third of America’s COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents. Employee policies, particularly for low-paid aides, have sharply raised the risk.
These boys working in a Georgia cotton mill were photographed in 1909.
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More than a fifth of US children were working in 1900, and many Americans saw nothing wrong with that. It took decades of activism and court battles plus economic upheaval to change course.
Consumers don’t always know what’s behind a label.
New research shows much of the information the apparel industry relies on to ensure factories comply with labor and safety laws is falsified or otherwise unreliable.
Single-parent families are getting less paid leave but perhaps need more of it.
Forty percent of US babies are born to unmarried parents. But the new paid leave policy for most federal workers disadvantages single parents.
Uber and Lyft drivers protest their working conditions in Los Angeles in May 2019.
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If your job doesn’t currently involve automation or artificial intelligence in some way, it likely will soon. Computer-based worker surveillance and performance analysis will come, too.
A TSA employee visits a food pantry.
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In these cases, what matters is how much pressure an employer puts on their employee to do the work.
Google employees protest outside the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters.
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The walkout by thousands of Google employees around the world was historic, both because of who was protesting and what their demands were. It may even mark the start of something new.
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.
Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his workers voted to unionize.
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Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his employees voted to unionize. Is what he did legal? And how could similar events be prevented in the future?