Many essential workers believe joining a union could provide more protections.
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The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of ensuring safe workspaces, and a new study suggests unionization leads workers to speak up about poor conditions.
Rite Aid hired anti-union consultants to try to prevent workers from successfully organizing.
Unionization is at a record low in part thanks to the tactics these firms use on behalf of companies and other organizations.
Many nurses lack paid sick leave.
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American workers tend to lack many basic benefits that are incredibly common in other countries, a situation the 'Essential Worker Bill of Rights' aims to remedy.
Joe Biden was among the top candidates who met with Unite Here culinary workers in Las Vegas.
All seven Democrats set to take the stage on Dec. 19 had vowed to boycott the debate in support of a union that represents 150 food service workers in California.
Jimmy Hoffa waves to delegates at the opening of the 1957 Teamsters Union convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
Hoffa's ghost continues to haunt the labor movement.
GM autoworkers went on strike on Sept. 15.
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The odds are stacked against the striking workers at General Motors. A sociologist who's studied the decline of the US auto industry explains why.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
The future of work could look more like this.
While some alarmists predict AI will decimate the workforce, the truth is concerted action by leaders in labor, business, government and education can ensure workers aren't replaced by robots.
Seattle shipyard workers in 1919 as they walk off the job.
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On Feb. 6, 1919, half of Seattle’s workforce went on strike over a demand for higher wages. A labor historian explains why it matters 100 years later.
Fighting for a $15 an hour wage in Pittsburgh.
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Americans want more say about their benefits, training and other important issues at work.
Nevada unions have been successful in part because of their political engagement.
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While the Supreme Court's Janus ruling dealt a blow to organized labor, three lessons from Nevada's unions suggest things aren't as bleak as they appear.
A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions.
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The Supreme Court could kill collective bargaining throughout the country, making workers worse off and exacerbating inequality.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices.
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Although over 200 CEOs have promised to share windfalls from the recent tax cut with their employers – something the president is likely to bring up in the State of the Union – research suggests workers aren't holding their breath.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it.
Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882
The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders' gains are slowly lost.
The 5,000-strong pro-union march in March suggested labor support in Canton is growing.
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Although workers at a Nissan auto plant in Mississippi rejected a proposal to join the United Auto Workers Union, organized labor has reason to be optimistic about its future.
A pedestrian walks past a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper box.
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Giving labor unions a financial stake in a company such as a newspaper can offer unique advantages that could benefit employees, society and the bottom line.
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.
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.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives.
A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.
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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.