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Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has so far failed to propose bold labour initiatives in the lead-up to the Oct. 21 federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The NDP is MIA on bold labour proposals

The federal NDP is missing an opportunity to put workers’ rights firmly on the agenda during this election campaign.
Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions. Reuters/Rebecca Cook

How organized labor can reverse decades of decline

Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
As income inequality is growing in many countries, associated social problems are also getting worse. from www.shutterstock.com

How a default union membership could help reduce income inequality

Research suggests union membership by default could help reduce income inequality and its associated social ills.
How much judges are paid is a thorny issue for governments. It shouldn’t be. Rawpixel/Unsplash

Why politics shouldn’t influence how much we pay judges

Secure and appropriate compensation for judges is a constitutionally recognized component of judicial independence. Here's why politics must not be allowed to interfere with it.
Canada Post workers walk the picket line during a rotating strike in Halifax on Nov. 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Is back-to-work legislation unconstitutional?

Ottawa has ordered postal workers back on the job, but is it constitutional? We should be circumspect about intervening in the bargaining process and skeptical about claims it's in the public good.
Donald Trump says cheap Mexican labor is hurting American workers. But isn’t it also hurting Mexican workers? AP Photo/Guillermo Arias

How Trump’s NAFTA renegotiations could help Mexican workers

Trump has attacked NAFTA, saying that cheap, under-regulated Mexican labor hurts American workers. If he's right, then NAFTA negotiations could be a chance to push Mexico on workers' rights.
Trump’s victory may accelerate the ‘attack on the middle class.’ Reuters/Rebecca Cook

Why America’s labor unions are about to die

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.
Lunch break. Lego workers via www.shutterstock.com

Labor Day 2016: Six essential reads

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.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to. Striking workers via www.shutterstock.com

It’s time we reinvented labor for the 21st century

The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.

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