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Civil Eats

Nadra Nittle

31 July 2020

Nevada, United States

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Meatpacking workers protested Covid-19 safety concerns and a coalition of advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaint with the government accusing Tyson and JBS USA of racial discrimination during the pandemic beca...

Philadelphia Magazine

Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

18 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The elimination of tipping has allowed one Philadelphia bar to give their employees health insurance and ensure an equal distribution of income amongst all employees. Typically servers in the front of house make much ...

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

18 June 2020

Washington, United States

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Employees at 7 Yakima Valley fruit packing plants, who are predominately Latinx, went on strike to protest inadequate protection and pay during the Covid-19 pandemic. Agricultural workers accounted for nearly one-fift...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Domantė Platūkytė

12 March 2020

Vilnius, Lithuania

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A company in Lithuania cut back the work day from eight to six hours and noted an increase in morale without any negative impact on productivity. Employees reported a better work-life balance, reducing their stress an...

The New York Times

Ben Casselman

5 September 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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With the assistance of a local non-profit partner, Dell Technologies created a program to recruit employees on the autism spectrum to tap into an under-utilized section of the labor pool. Dell Technologies reflects th...

Splinter

Libby Watson

1 May 2019

United States

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Workers who seek to unionize in a bid for fairer working conditions are up against strong anti-union sentiments from powerful companies adept at preventing labor from mobilizing. That's where technology has been able ...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

28 February 2019

Perrysville, Ohio, United States

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By making listening and communication a priority, employers can improve employee retention. In Ohio, Mansfield Plumbing Products designated an employee liaison whose job is to listen to employees and facilitate commun...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Allison Herrera

5 February 2019

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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By reducing daycare costs to nearly nothing, Québec's universal child care program allows more women than ever to join the labor force, rather than stay home and care for their children. The United States now looks to...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

30 January 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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An organization in New Jersey called Hopeworks combines trauma-informed practices with career and life-readiness skill-learning. Teens who enter the program are equipped with a team of mentors (academic and life) to h...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

13 November 2018

United States

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Gender Equality Funds is a tool that makes it possible for people to know if the mutual fund companies in their 401(k)’s are gender inclusive. The tools pulls data from 4,000 mutual funds companies and gives them a ge...

OZY

Deborah Bonello

9 November 2018

Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico

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Mi, Co-Madre, and Spacioss are all women-only working spaces in Mexico city. Together, around 400 women have attended these spaces. The aim of these coworking spaces is to provide support for females and help them suc...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

9 October 2018

Turkey

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Host governments tend to be wary of allowing refugees to move freely and work legally. However, integrating refugees into the labor market as quickly as possible reduces the concentration of newcomers in the informal ...

Next City

Sandra Larson

1 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Worker co-ops, a business model that many people are not aware of, are gaining momentum in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Cooperative Alliance (PACA) has helped push more education and funding around co-ops to come to...

The New York Times

Eduardo Porter

8 September 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Spurred by student activism and a research study on outsourcing, Harvard University implemented a parity policy in 2002. This means all university workers, regardless of whether the university or an outside contractor...

The Washington Post

Jessica Contrera

3 September 2018

United States

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In the 1900s Lewis Hine posed as a bible salesman so he could get inside factories and take pictures of child workers. At the time children from 10-15 were put to work, and had no legal protections. Years later his p...

New Atlas

Rich Haridy

14 August 2018

United States

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France, Italy, Germany, and now the U.S. are passing “anti-stress” laws, which make it illegal or harder for workers to receive emails after work. Research shows that when employees expect to be contacted after work t...

Daily Monitor

Lilian Namagembe

7 August 2018

Uganda

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An electronic human resources system has reduced health worker absenteeism in Uganda, improving health service delivery across the country. The tool requires workers to sign in and out, pushing them to show up for the...

The New York Times

Su-Hyun Lee

Tiffany May

28 July 2018

South Korea

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To change its culture of overwork, South Korea passed a law capping the workweek at 52 hours for many employees. The move follows the introduction of the five-day workweek in 2004. Young people are especially supporti...

The Mandarin

David Donaldson

16 July 2018

Australia

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Flexibility allows employees to “work smarter and better.” The productivity payoffs of offering part-time hours and remote work outweigh the administrative costs of such policies, according to a study in Australia.

The Huffington Post

Teke Wiggin

13 July 2018

United States

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Organized labor unions in WalMart used an app called WorkIt to mobilize workers. The app answers common questions that concern things like paid leave, absences, wages, and legal rights. “Eight years later, OUR Walmart...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Ciara Long

12 July 2018

Brazil

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Out of the 7 million domestic employees worldwide, 1 in every 7 are employed in Brazil.” A mobile app, Laudeline, is making it easier for them to be informed of their rights. Through the app domestic workers in Brazil...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

10 July 2018

Australia

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Organizational design makes a big difference for public servants. Let workers personalize their desks and sit near teammates. Let them speak in reverse-hierarchical order during meetings, contribute ideas anonymously,...

The New York Times

Emily Badger

25 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Diners at Souvla, a Greek restaurant in San Francisco, fill their own water glasses and find their own tables. The self-service model is gaining popularity as the city’s restaurateurs feel the pressure of rising rent ...

Bright Magazine

Laura Secorun

29 May 2018

Beirut, Lebanon

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Equip is a business in Lebanon that is trying to prevent further abuse of domestic workers, by helping them communicate better with their employers. “Their business model relies on employers paying for the company’s...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

15 May 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Games can help government employees feel more engaged in their work. The United Kingdom’s Department of Work and Pensions uses a game called Idea Street to encourage innovation, and the City of Louisville, Kentucky, a...

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