When University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike and hit the picket lines in 2016, the association raised issues about having a greater say over ever-increasing workloads, appropriate use of metrics in evaluation and job security.
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Education strikes by university and public school workers are political fights about diminished respect for education as a public good and workers’ rights in an economy that perpetuates inequality.
Is a food courier who owns one scooter a worker?
There are ways in which platform workers can resist the rise in job insecurity and poor working conditions brought on by digital labour platforms.
CUPE members and supporters join a demonstration outside the office of Parm Gill, Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Milton, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2022.
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Frustration about unsettled bargaining that predates the pandemic could get channelled into pronounced resistance from educational workers during the coming months.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits in the Ontario legislature during Question Period as members debate a bill meant to avert a planned strike by 55,000 education workers.
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The Ontario government’s latest use of the notwithstanding clause is at odds with its stated intention to keep kids in school amid a labour dispute — and at odds with the heart of labour relations norms.
It’s not always easy to raise one’s hand in the workplace.
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Research shows that workers rarely call out unethical behavior or even just operational problems, in large part because they fear serious consequences.
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Nigeria’s public university system has lost about 57 months to industrial action since 1999. This has implications for the future workforce.
The U.S. depends on trains to transport almost half of all freight.
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Workers still need to approve the deal, which was brokered by President Biden in 20 hours of last-minute negotiations.
Minor league players often endure lengthy bus trips.
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If any industry is crying out for unionization, it’s this one.
A revised movement on the backs of young workers?
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Public support for unions is at a near 60-year high. Meanwhile, self-organizers at major American chains are spearheading a new movement to mobilize.
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Australia’s economic state in 1983 was very different from today: Bob Hawke wanted to lower expectations of government; Anthony Albanese is trying to raise them, even just a little.
Economic conditions today are very different from those that informed Bob Hawke’s 1983 summit – and that will affect what unions and the government can get from each other at the 2022 summit.
Innovation in the digital space is not necessarily working for people in the global south.
British Columbian workers in the public sector, transit and transportation have voted to take job action in recent weeks to fight for their right to earn livable wages.
If the labour movement can organize and mobilize working people in B.C. and Canada, the change could be significant.
Striking coal miners marching in London, March 1972.
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The strength of the government and public support can make a crucial difference.
Image from big beautiful female theory by Eloise Grills (Affirm Press).
Two radically inventive new works of Australian graphic nonfiction dig deep into 21st-century life. They balance critique with hopeful possibilities – of collective change and radical acceptance.
Companies making redundancies should treat both dismissed employees and those that remain with compassion.
Redundancies are an unfortunate fact of life for businesses, but companies can try to make the process of job cuts less painful for workers.
Employees and their organisations can gain from union membership, research shows.
Collective bargaining carried out by unions can ultimately benefit employers, not just employees.
The Uber model hinders any possibility of drivers acting collectively and generates significant cognitive dissonance among them.
When it comes to dealing with Uber’s difficult working conditions, Uber drivers are on their own.
The UK could be facing a summer of strikes, but inaccurate language affects public understanding of how unions work.
Inaccurate language in media reports about strike action misrepresents how unions work and denies members’ agency.
Video game workers in Edmonton became the first video game union in Canada — and the third in North America — after voting unanimously to unionize this month.
In an important step for an industry that has been accused of exploitative working conditions for decades, video game workers in Edmonton recently voted to unionize for the first time in Canada.