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.
Activist workers have successfully formed unions at 135 Starbucks since they began organizing in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2021.
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Starbucks Workers United has already organized 146 locations in about six months. While that’s a fraction of Starbucks’ 9,000 US stores, it’s one of the most successful labor campaigns in decades.
Ontario Federation of Labour rallies in May called for improving workers’ rights and repairing deep inequalities that have been highlighted and deepened by the pandemic.
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In this time of unrest, insecurity and fear, unions and their new, more diverse leadership offer a path to improving workers’ rights and repairing deep social and economic inequalities.
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.
Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee claiming that communists once ‘took over’ his studio.
The custodians of one of Hollywood’s most reliable cash machines have been careful to sidestep political minefields that might remind customers of a realm outside the Magic Kingdom.
Amazon has historically opposed trade union recognition by engaging in union suppression practices, like resisting trade union recognition through coercion.
Amazon can become the Earth’s best employer, but this must involve democratizing the workplace, recognizing the legitimate right of employees to organize and cooperating with labour representatives.
Staten Island’s Amazon distribution centre union organizer Chris Smalls celebrates with union members after getting the voting results to unionize their warehouse on April 1, 2022.
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Staten Island’s Amazon union has proven that one of the most powerful anti-union companies in North America can be unionized.
The start of a movement or a moment?
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Successful union drives at two of America’s biggest companies were led by committed individuals, rather than established unions.
A group of Greek migrants at a picnic in the outskirts of Melbourne in 1936.
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Far from just a gathering with friends, Australian picnics have long been associated with the political – from trade unions to feminist resistance.
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.
Louisiana residents object to mask mandates at a state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting in August 2021.
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Short-term disputes are really symptoms of deeper divisions in the US over who deserves academic opportunity, and how to present the nation’s history.
Schools in Chicago have suffered days of disruption.
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A dispute between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district over in-person learning has resulted in classes being canceled. An education policy expert explains what is at stake.