Management Rights: A Pitfall When Negotiating Your First Contract
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by Robert Schwartz
3h ago
Over the past year, impressive numbers of workers, especially in the retail and service sectors, have begun the process of organizing a union. Workers at Starbucks, Chipotle, Trader Joe’s, Amazon, and other establishments have won union elections. Many of these unions are now negotiating for their first contracts — always a difficult task. Employers can drag out the process for months or years. And employers may seek contract language that grievously weakens the union, now and for years to come. Among the biggest pitfalls in first-contract negotiations are employer demands for language coverin ..read more
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How to Navigate Professional Connections as a Remote Worker
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by Katie Brenneman
4d ago
Katie Brenneman Hybrid and remote work environments have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last few years. While there are many benefits to a remote structure, it also comes with a few challenges. Things like maintaining professional connections, team building, and networking effectively are essential for remote workers who want to feel a sense of connection with their business, and those who want to find continued growth in their careers. If you work from home, building these connections via digital channels is important. Let’s take a closer look at why it can be challenging, as well as ..read more
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Strikes Are Stronger and More Stubborn Than Laws
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by Hamilton Nolan
1w ago
Hamilton Nolan When people get frustrated and petulant, they lash out. So too do governments. When labor unions are looking a little too powerful, governments often throw tantrums, like spoiled children momentarily denied their lollipops. The natural response of childish governments is to try to pass laws to deny workers the ability to strike, taking away their most powerful weapon. It is important, in the midst of these threats, to keep in mind a simple fact: Strikes are stronger than laws. As we speak, the UK is experiencing its most momentous strike wave since Mar ..read more
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5 Employment Trends to Watch in 2023
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by Heidi Allison
1w ago
As we enter 2023, changing employment trends have emerged that are already impacting countless employees and job seekers.   Here are 5 specific developments that Allison & Taylor Reference & Background Checking anticipates for 2023: Given a projected tight labor market, employees are in a strong position vis a vis their compensation, benefits, and workplace accommodations.  Those seeking new employment — particularly those with technical skills — are in high demand and likely to remain so for the near term.  Increased opportunities for college graduates in 2023 ar ..read more
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Workplace Safety Tips and Statistics
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by Alana Redmond
1w ago
Alana Redmond Workplace injuries are a common occurrence. American workers spend an average of 38.7 hours per week at work, and just about every job has some risk that comes along with it, especially jobs that include manual labor. Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that in 2021, there were: 2,607,900 total nonfatal injuries and illnesses 5,190 total fatal injuries 1,062,700 injuries that involved days away from work What is a Workplace Injury and What Causes Them?  OSHA defines a workplace injury as “an abnormal condition or disorder… including but not limited ..read more
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NFL Response to Player’s Cardiac Arrest is a Labor Rights Issue
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by Laura Clawson
2w ago
Laura Clawson Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is now breathing on his own and talking as he recovers from his on-field cardiac arrest in a recent NFL game, but the issues his near-death and ongoing recovery raise are very much not over. For one thing, there was the long delay before the game was officially postponed (it was later cancelled), when the call to postpone a game following an on-field near-death should be a pretty much immediate one.  Reportedly the decision was only made after intervention by the players’ union. But there’s something else. Hamlin is an early career ..read more
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Elect Working People For Everything
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by Bryce Oates
3w ago
The 2022 midterms were full of surprises to many political pundits, analysts, and consultants. A popular narrative predicting a massive Republican wave election turned out to be wrong, with Democrats retaining the U.S. Senate and performing stronger than expected in many states despite serious inflation and low favorability ratings for national party leaders. A major force behind these election results is an often overlooked list of scrappy, grassroots organizations focused on building working class power through political engagement, voter education, and better candidates. In my corner of rur ..read more
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Nurses Set To Strike Against New York City’s Healthcare Monopolies
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by Michael Lighty
1M ago
On New Year’s Eve, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) announced that nearly 17,000 nurses at eight major New York hospitals planned to begin a strike January 9 if management did not meet their demands for increased staffing, fair compensation and health and safety protections. After the strike was authorized, hospitals began making substantial wage and staffing offers, leading to three bargaining units representing about 7,000 nurses settling contracts in the past week. But nurses at five hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai ..read more
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Team Building Activities That Improve Engagement for Remote Teams
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by Gemma Williams
1M ago
As of 2022, around 26% of Americans work remotely. This should come as no real surprise; remote work has a wealth of benefits, including boosting productivity and allowing employees to have a better work-life balance. But it also has its disadvantages, including a lack of team interaction. To tackle this, an increasing number of companies are putting more focus on team-building activities. If you have a remote team, be it local or global, take a look at these top team games to bring your staff together and encourage successful collaboration. Monthly Team Quizzes Quizzes are always a crowd-plea ..read more
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How To Be an Ally in the Workplace
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by Dakota Murphey
1M ago
Dakota Murphey There can be no doubt that we are starting to get better at facing up to uncomfortable or awkward issues in the workplace. The rise of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have taken topics that were once taboo and pushed them into the mainstream. In doing so, they have shown us how necessary it is to be allies to others at work.  Promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace is a benefit not only to staff, but also the whole organization, as it can push forward new ideas and create a competitive edge for the company over competitors. Ideas around this subject ..read more
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