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Pioneers Post

Imani Dlamini

24 January 2020

Melkhoutfontein, South Africa

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A community in South Africa tackles waste management and unemployment at the same time by hiring workers to find new uses for waste that would otherwise be burned or dumped in a landfill. Some workers - most of whom a...

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Zoe Sullivan

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18 December 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Bringing labor organizing practices to the art world strengthens the fight for equitable pay. Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) provides certification to arts organizations that agree to minimum pay s...

NHK World—Japan

Saori Nakagawa

12 December 2019

Tokyo, Japan

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A handful of initiatives are underway in Japan to improve working conditions for members of the LGBTQ community. One, called Work With Pride, organizes an annual International Coming Out Day and educates workplaces on...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers' ...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

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6 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program out of Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce called TransWork aims to ease anxieties surrounding the experience of trans people in the workplace. They held a job fair in fall 2019 and educated the employer...

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Oscar Perry Abello

9 October 2019

Washington, United States

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Worker cooperatives offer a scalable model through which to ensure and protect the rights of home care workers. The Home Care Workers Purpose Trust, started by the Bronx-based Cooperative Home Care Associates, brings ...

The Guardian

Nate Berg

2 September 2019

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Ger...

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Sandra Larson

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15 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As gentrification has flourished and Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, “legacy businesses” struggle to find a way to maintain a presence in communities of color. In response, a multi-city fellowship called Shared...

Washington Post

Paul Kane

12 March 2019

Washington, D.C., United States

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Paying Congressional interns gives lower income students a chance to engage with the legislative process. By bringing increased attention to the lack of paid internships on Capitol Hill, the nonprofit, Pay Our Interns...

Durango Herald

Jonathan Romeo

6 March 2019

Durango, Colorado, United States

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In southeastern Colorado, the Good Food Collective is piloting new initiatives to help small-scale farmers fill the labor shortages. With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they’re looking at what ...

The Guardian

Milli Legrain

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14 February 2019

Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic

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In the Dominican Republic, employees at the Alta Gracia factory are paid 2.5 times the national minimum wage, a salary that is widely unheard of in the garment factories that make t-shirts and sports merchandise for A...

Chalkbeat

Melanie Asmar

5 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In 1999, Denver, with the backing of the teachers union, rolled out a merit pay pilot program. Twenty years later, the pay-for-performance system has teachers on the verge of a strike for higher pay. Chalkbeat explore...

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...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aaron Moselle

Juliana Feliciano Reyes

15 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an effort to achieve a true "fair work week," Philadelphia looks to Seattle's worker protection laws - which are among the best in the country. Seattle enforces a strict secure-scheduling policy, which ensures work...

Public Radio International

Allison Herrera

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9 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Hotel workers and members of the union, Unite Here, successfully lobbied for a law that makes it mandatory for hotels in Chicago to provide a safety device, known as a panic button, to workers. The ordinance also in...

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Sandra Larson

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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...

Yes! Magazine

Lynsi Burton

29 August 2018

Lynden, Washington, United States

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Many farmers in the United States toil under exploitative working conditions, enduring long hours, low pay, and exposure to dangerous chemicals; after taking their battle for better conditions to the legislature, a gr...

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Alejandra Molina

28 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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COOP LA in Los Angeles is a commercial space featuring business commonly found across the city but with a distinct difference: they are all worker cooperatives. These cooperatives effectively create jobs and develop l...

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...

Artnet

Kate Brown

24 July 2018

Tallinn, Estonia

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Through a mix of government regulation and robust collaboration, a thriving artistic community has been established in Estonia. The pillars of this community include an artist’s union, transparency regarding sales, an...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

18 July 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Professors, workers’ rights advocates, and workers themselves united to change the standard for the compensation of cleaning staff at local universities. Low paid service jobs, including cleaning, tend to be outsource...

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

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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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Sarah Jordan

27 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) is one of 56 art organizations to be certified by Working Artists and the Greater Economy for committing to standards around artist compensation. ICA is also making ...

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Miranda Hall

18 June 2018

India

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Affordable and flexible child care allows female informal workers to earn more money and frees older children to attend school. One model that works well comes from the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Indi...

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