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.
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.
The association representing AFL players is a good example of using a union model to give workers a voice.
In an increasingly individualised workplace, unions can no longer rely on organising tactics to survive. Instead, they need to undertake a major “rebranding”.
Achieving genuine co-operation in Australian workplaces is difficult.
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis announce the findings of the trade union royal commission in December 2015.
Unions may well feel justifiably aggrieved by the findings – and impact – of the trade union royal commission, but there are nonetheless lessons to be learnt from them.
The Transport Workers’ Union is one of the three most influential unions within the ALP.
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female.
Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.
Regardless of the channels through which it is done, most employees want to have a say in how their workplaces are run.
Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
Just after the second world war, union membership was almost 65% of the workforce. Now it is just 15%.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.