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Members of a Québec teachers’ union march to begin their unlimited strike, Nov. 23, 2023 in Montréal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Here’s why union support is so high right now

The rise in union support can be explained by the growing recognition people are having of their own disadvantages, and the anger they feel about it.
Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan embraces the president of the longshore workers union from the Port de Québec that’s been locked out for a year, at a rally for federal anti-scab legislation on Parliament Hill in September 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Levelling the playing field: The case for a federal ‘anti-scab’ law

Unions have long advocated for a ban on replacement workers, arguing their use unduly shifts power to employers and gives the boss an unfair advantage in collective bargaining.
Despite the increasing representation of persons with hearing loss in the workplace, discrimination, a lack of accessibility and isolation still prevent equity and inclusion. (Shutterstock)

How workplaces can create more inclusive environments for employees with deafness and hearing loss

Discrimination, a lack of accessibility and isolation still prevent persons with hearing loss from experiencing equity and inclusion at work.
Current research suggests it’s time to re-evaluate existing pay structures and prioritize worker health and safety. (Shutterstock)

Beyond the paycheck: The key to building a thriving workplace goes beyond salaries

Traditional pay structures — like wage gaps, pay-for-performance systems, the belief that time equals money and pay secrecy — are stopping organizations from reaching their goals and thriving.
Many countries adopt legislation to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities. Yet, many still face challenges finding work. (Shutterstock)

How employers can tackle misconceptions about disabled people in the workplace

Communities and employers miss out when they don’t embrace disabled employees. Companies must be supportive and proactive about including and accommodating people with disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities are under-represented in the Canadian labour market compared to their able-bodied counterparts. (Shutterstock)

Reimagining time will help employers better support workers with disabilities

One way to dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities is by understanding time in a way that considers how people with disabilities experience barriers — something known as “crip time.”
Remote work, which began as a temporary disruption to normal work, has become permanent for many workers since the onset of the pandemic. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The shift to working from home will be difficult to reverse

The biggest obstacle to getting everyone back into the workplace is the fact that people who are working from home seem to be doing better — or at least no worse — than those who are not.
Canadians with invisible and on-again/off-again disabilities have been experiencing increasing amounts of illegal discrimination in the workplace. (Shutterstock)

Organizations are leaving disabled workers behind in their DEI efforts — here’s how they can do better

Organizations that are serious about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace need to actively and consistently work towards removing barriers to employment for employees with disabilities.
Protesters cheer during a Planned Parenthood rally in support of abortion access outside the Supreme Court on April 15, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Abortion is a workplace issue: How managers can support employee access to reproductive health care

By offering abortion care benefits and policies, employers can serve as a “firewall” to protect against harmful legislation — but only if these benefits are easily accessible and de-stigmatized.
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stand at a picket line outside Place du Portage in Gatineau, Que., on April 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

More money for Canada’s public service workers won’t cure an unhappy workplace

Will an increase in wages make federal government workers happier and more efficient while dealing with the public on taxation, public safety and a multitude of other daily and often frustrating issues?
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada picket outside a Service Canada office in Canmore, Alta., in April 2023. More than 150,000 federal public-service workers are on strike across the country after talks with the government failed. Remote work is a negotiation issue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Post-pandemic work in the public sector: A new way forward or a return to the past?

COVID-19 transformed the workforce, including in the public sector. A complete reversal to pre-pandemic work models is unlikely, but there’s lots at stake as employers contemplate the future of work.

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