Labor

Toronto Uber Drivers First in Canada to Hold Union Vote

January 17, 2020

After Uber refused to hear their concerns about income and conditions, Uber drivers held a union certification vote. If allowed, the move could be a watershed moment for Canadian gig economy workers.

Women Outnumber Men in the US Workforce–What Does it Mean?

January 16, 2020

Katherine Moos discusses December’s employment data, which shows that for the second time in history women outnumber men in the U.S. workforce. The first time was during the Great Depression. Women still earn less than men, so by hiring more women employers are saving on payroll expenses.

Microsoft’s Reduced Workweek Increased Productivity by 40%

November 6, 2019

Microsoft’s Japan office reduced its workweek to four days for a full month, and productivity jumped by 40%. Why isn’t it implemented everywhere? Richard Wolff explains why we’ve worked five days a week since the 1940s.

The Autoworker Strike Is Over. Did GM Just Win?

November 4, 2019

After five weeks on strike, a majority of UAW members voted for a contract that retains the tiered workforce they fought against–but that doesn’t mean the struggle is over.

Chicago School Support Staff Win Deal to End Strike

October 29, 2019

The Chicago teachers strike has entered its ninth day. Support staff won’t cross picket lines even after reaching a deal to end their strike, says Jeffrey Howard, Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 73.

Union Organizer Takes On Neoliberal Fearmongering and Wins

October 28, 2019

Efforts to fight low wages and win health insurance for employees of a tax break-subsidized luxury hotel show how the mainstream media cultivates a false narrative that living wages are unaffordable.

Chicago Teachers Strike for Children’s Services and Affordable Housing

October 18, 2019

Teachers in Chicago aren’t just committed to fighting for higher wages. They say the city has the money to support its students and teachers outside of the classroom.

UAW workers on strike

UAW and GM Reach a Deal, But Will Autoworkers Support It?

October 18, 2019

Two former autoworker leaders examine how the militancy of rank and file union membership carried the current strike, how it could transform unions, and how this speaks to the larger struggle with capitalism.

GM Strike Continues for Fourth Week Despite Hardship for Autoworkers

October 11, 2019

A UAW union member and truck worker from Flint discuss the challenges of dismantling the two-tiered GM employment system and how workers are holding firm with community support.

Toronto Food Couriers Are Unionizing to Battle Gig Economy Conditions

October 4, 2019

Foodora couriers in Toronto are facing the same unstable, irregular conditions as other gig economy workers. They’re organizing a union to fight back.