Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are hoping to become the retailer’s first unionized employees in the U.S.
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Although it covers only about 6,000 workers, the election could result in the first unionized Amazon facility in the US and have broader ramifications for the labor movement.
The man on the right wearing the Trump hat was identified by his badge as an employee of Navistar Direct Marketing, which fired him.
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The vast majority of US workers are deemed “at will,” which means they can be fired at any time, without notice, and for any reason.
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.
The pandemic’s longterm effects could include city bankruptcies across the U.S.
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With sales tax revenues plummeting because of the pandemic, many cities will face bankruptcy – and that could affect everything from retirees’ pensions to whether roads get fixed.
Workers in a pork processing plant, 2016.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at more than 100 US meatpacking plants. Geography, workforce demographics and economic concentration make it hard for workers to fight for better conditions.
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.
Winning the support of workers may be key to Democrats winning the 2020 election.
Hillary Clinton arguably lost in 2020 because she took workers for granted. Will Democrats make the same mistake again?
John Setka arrives at the ACTU building in Melbourne on June 13.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
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.
Salvadoran immigrants were pivotal in the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles in 1990. It earned wage increases for custodial staff nationwide and inspired today’s $15 minimum wage campaign.
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Central Americans who came to the US in the 1980s fleeing civil war drew on their background fighting for social justice back home to help unionize farmworkers, janitors and poultry packers in the US.
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.
Job seekers at a Walmart hiring event. in 2012 in Altadena, California. Hundreds of applicants showed up for 65 positions that were available.
In April 2017 the IPSP surveyed a representative sample of US adults about what makes a job a good one. Respondents put money and atmosphere first, two very different and complementary criteria.
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.
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, leaves the the Supreme Court Wednesday.
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The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling extends strong protection to the First Amendment ‘right of silence’ and continues their trend of expanding First Amendment rights, often at the behest of conservatives.
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 Fight for $15 movement has spread beyond the US.
Labour movements on both sides of the Atlantic have a rich history that’s worth rereading now.