Activist workers have successfully formed unions at 135 Starbucks since they began organizing in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2021.
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Starbucks Workers United has already organized 146 locations in about six months. While that’s a fraction of Starbucks’ 9,000 US stores, it’s one of the most successful labor campaigns in decades.
Amazon has historically opposed trade union recognition by engaging in union suppression practices, like resisting trade union recognition through coercion.
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.
The start of a movement or a moment?
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Successful union drives at two of America’s biggest companies were led by committed individuals, rather than established unions.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving is paying the price for ignoring New York City’s vaccinate mandate – and his union’s decision to allow it.
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The reasons have a lot to do with the nature of unions as representative of workers’ views, as well as the importance of protecting their right to bargain.
Warehouse workers at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Ala., recently tried, and failed, to form a union.
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A study found that poverty rates among households with at least one union member were significantly lower than nonunionized households.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are hoping to become the retailer’s first unionized employees in the U.S.
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Although it covers only about 6,000 workers, the election could result in the first unionized Amazon facility in the US and have broader ramifications for the labor movement.
Many essential workers believe joining a union could provide more protections.
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The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of ensuring safe workspaces, and a new study suggests unionization leads workers to speak up about poor conditions.
Rite Aid hired anti-union consultants to try to prevent workers from successfully organizing.
Unionization is at a record low in part thanks to the tactics these firms use on behalf of companies and other organizations.
Many nurses lack paid sick leave.
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American workers tend to lack many basic benefits that are incredibly common in other countries, a situation the ‘Essential Worker Bill of Rights’ aims to remedy.
Joe Biden was among the top candidates who met with Unite Here culinary workers in Las Vegas.
All seven Democrats set to take the stage on Dec. 19 had vowed to boycott the debate in support of a union that represents 150 food service workers in California.
Jimmy Hoffa waves to delegates at the opening of the 1957 Teamsters Union convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
Hoffa’s ghost continues to haunt the labor movement.
GM autoworkers went on strike on Sept. 15.
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The odds are stacked against the striking workers at General Motors. A sociologist who’s studied the decline of the US auto industry explains why.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
The future of work could look more like this.
While some alarmists predict AI will decimate the workforce, the truth is concerted action by leaders in labor, business, government and education can ensure workers aren’t replaced by robots.
Seattle shipyard workers in 1919 as they walk off the job.
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On Feb. 6, 1919, half of Seattle’s workforce went on strike over a demand for higher wages. A labor historian explains why it matters 100 years later.
Fighting for a $15 an hour wage in Pittsburgh.
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Americans want more say about their benefits, training and other important issues at work.
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.
A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions.
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The Supreme Court could kill collective bargaining throughout the country, making workers worse off and exacerbating inequality.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices.
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Although over 200 CEOs have promised to share windfalls from the recent tax cut with their employers – something the president is likely to bring up in the State of the Union – research suggests workers aren’t holding their breath.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it.
Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882
The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders’ gains are slowly lost.