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Amazon has historically opposed trade union recognition by engaging in union suppression practices, like resisting trade union recognition through coercion. (Shutterstock)

If Amazon wants to be the ‘Earth’s best employer’ it needs to listen to employees

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. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Why did Amazon workers win the fight to form a union in Staten Island but not in Alberta?

Staten Island’s Amazon union has proven that one of the most powerful anti-union companies in North America can be unionized.
An Instacart worker loads groceries into her car for home delivery. There is a strong argument to be made that gig work is false self-employment, meaning that workers are not actually freelance. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Gig workers aren’t self-employed – they’re modern-day feudal serfs

Feudalism has been replaced by capitalism, and the new villeiny — or neo-villeiny — has emerged to reflect a relationship between a worker and an organization.
Painting by artist Arnaud Adami, exhibited at Galerie Valerie Delaunay, Paris 2021. Arnaud Adami, untitled, oil on canvas

Young, poor and vulnerable: delivery riders in France are demanding better wages and social protection

How do we take care of delivery riders who are often exposed to multiple risks? What are their needs in terms of social protection? Researchers asked them these questions directly.
A waitress wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., in July 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Worker shortage? Or poor work conditions? Here’s what’s really vexing Canadian restaurants

Should the chronic hiring struggles of Canadian restaurants be referred to as a labour shortage, or can it be more accurately portrayed as a retention issue fuelled by a lack of decent work?
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Seattle in January. The Rams will have to count Goff’s signing bonus towards their salary cap for the next four years, despite trading him to Detroit. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

NFL and NHL salary caps have worked out well for players

NFL salary caps were originally introduced to make the league more competitive and reduce performance differences between small and large market teams. But they have also worked out well for players.
Annika Schleu of Germany cries when Saint Boy, the horse she was assigned to ride, wouldn’t co-operate in the equestrian portion of the modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Saint Boy’s rebellion spurs debate about ethical treatment of horses at the Olympics — and beyond

The treatment of the horse Saint Boy has ignited fierce discussion about horses in modern pentathlon, and reanimated ethical debates about horses’ jobs beyond the Olympics.
A protest organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions in South Africa. The question is: on whose behalf does the union movement advocate? Phillip Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s way forward: abandon old ideas, embrace bold experimentation

In this moment of crisis, South Africa urgently needs decisive action. But all too often South Africans of all political stripes seem trapped in stale discourses.

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