Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits in the Ontario legislature during Question Period as members debate a bill meant to avert a planned strike by 55,000 education workers.
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The Ontario government’s latest use of the notwithstanding clause is at odds with its stated intention to keep kids in school amid a labour dispute — and at odds with the heart of labour relations norms.
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.
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.
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.
A pedestrian views his smartphone as he crosses a city street. Right-to-disconnect laws are aimed at improving the work-life balance of employees, but giving them more freedom over how they work might be a smarter approach.
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The best way to help employees disconnect from work is to allow them the autonomy to choose for themselves how, when and where to disconnect.
Employees leave organisations because their expectations in their employment relationship are not met.
What can be done to turn the tide on the alarmingly high staff turnover among higher education institutions in South Africa.
Thousands of teachers from the Peel District School Board hold a one-day strike in Mississauga, Ont., in February 2020.
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Wanting a union and securing a union are two very different things. That’s because there are enduring obstacles to unionization that make it incredibly difficult for workers to unionize.
When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire.
When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing
employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.
A man heads past a clothing store where mannequins sport face masks in Halifax. Retail workers, long-term care workers and teachers say the media has failed to reflect their pandemic experiences.
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In post-pandemic Canada, the media will play a big role in shaping public understanding of labour conditions. A future of work that is safe and equitable requires the voices of workers.
A bus and tro-tro station in Accra, Ghana.
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A range of factors influence the behaviour of minibus drivers in Ghana. This involves a complex web of factors, motivations and constraints.
Employees are often reluctant to speak up at work. But if they make efforts to research their ideas and ensure they benefit the organization, it benefits both workers and employers.
Studies consistently show that many employees are reluctant to speak up at work, and are even hardwired to remain silent. How can we help people voice their opinions more effectively?
CEOs have diverse opinions about the effectiveness of remote work.
Research and surveys show that many Canadian employees want to continue to work from home, at least sometimes, following the pandemic. But what do CEOs think?
How do people really feel about working from home?
The COVID-19 crisis is transforming work and how it is done, not just in universities. If managers think that they unilaterally know how to manage remote work, disorder could become chaos.
Many workplaces have dramatically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Performance assessments and compensation should reflect the new way of working.
Existing employee assessment and compensation structures are not suited to the reality of remote work. It’s time to change that.
Why a company lays off employees and who delivers the message to the public and shareholders is important.
COVID-19 has prompted many companies to lay off employees, but
most companies don’t have a policy governing layoffs. Here’s why that’s a mistake.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a window is opening for good ideas to move from the fringes to the mainstream — and that includes a four-day work week.
The four-day work week is an idea that should make it through the pandemic’s open policy window.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected the notion workers can be employed as ‘permanent casuals’.
Two health-care workers arrive at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montréal on March 23, 2020. Unionized nurses are among those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nurses, cleaners, grocery store clerks and other unionized workers have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. They should emerge from it with a greater level of respect.
Employees want their companies to be genuine in their embrace of corporate social responsibility, and have no appetite for self-serving efforts.
Even if employees don’t care about a particular cause to begin with, they will react positively or negatively to the reason they believe their organization is choosing to engage in that cause.
Striking CN rail members are seen outside the Mclean Rail Yard in North Vancouver on Nov. 20, 2019. Confidential RCMP documents reveal how involved corporations are when faced with disruptions to “business as usual” and how federal agencies should respond.
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Internal documents reveal how police and government respond to protests or labour disputes that are framed as threats to national security, and how heavily corporations are involved.