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Starbucks Corp. workers at a store in Buffalo, N.Y., voted to unionize on Thursday, a first for the 50-year-old coffee retailer in the U.S. and the latest sign that the labour movement is stirring after decades of decline. Starbucks has shown a willingness to bargain outside of the U.S. In Victoria, B.C., workers at a Starbucks store voted […]

  • December 10, 2021 December 10, 2021
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Nevada will be the first state in the U.S. to charge state workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge if they aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus. Earlier this month, the state Public Employees’ Benefit Program Board voted to charge unvaccinated workers up to US$55 per month to offset the costs of testing that those who […]

  • December 7, 2021 December 7, 2021
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With Ontario just passing right-to-disconnect legislation and Canada’s federal government seriously considering it, Portugal serves as a model that’s still working out some kinks. Under the country’s new law on working from home, employers can’t attempt to contact their staff outside working hours. They also must help staff pay for their home gas, electric and internet bills. And […]

  • December 1, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Oregon’s state employee retirement fund is coming under increased scrutiny as the U.S. state is facing increased calls for divestment from companies that have environmental, social and governance issues. Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting […]

  • November 26, 2021 November 25, 2021
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Ohio’s largest public employee pension fund is suing Facebook — now known as Meta — alleging that it broke U.S. federal securities law by purposely misleading the public about the negative effects of its social platforms and the algorithms that run them. The lawsuit by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System specifically claims that Facebook buried inconvenient findings […]

  • November 17, 2021 November 16, 2021
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Norway’s largest pension fund is divesting from 14 companies involved in producing nuclear missiles and other weapons. Oslo-based KLP, which manages more than 300 billion kroner (US$35.4 billion), said it made the decision after reviewing companies that may violate its guidelines on weapons. “Those excluded are mainly companies that directly or indirectly contribute to the continuing […]

  • November 4, 2021 November 4, 2021
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United Airlines says more than 97 per cent of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus now that there’s less than a week before a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The Chicago-based airline said Wednesday that the new figure doesn’t include a “small number” of employees who are seeking a medical or […]

  • September 23, 2021 September 23, 2021
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A court in Amsterdam ruled Sept. 13 that Uber drivers fall under the Dutch taxi drivers’ collective labour agreement — meaning they’re entitled to the same employment benefits as taxi drivers. Uber said it would appeal the ruling. The Amsterdam civil court said in a statement that three judges ruled the legal relationship between Uber and its drivers “conforms to all […]

  • September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021
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Delta Air Lines will charge employees on its company health plan US$200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a policy the airline’s top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000. Chief executive officer Ed Bastian said all employees who’ve been hospitalized […]

  • August 25, 2021 August 26, 2021
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A judge is striking down a California ballot measure that exempted Uber and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services from a state law requiring drivers to be classified as employees eligible for benefits and job protections. On Aug. 20, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that Proposition 22 was unconstitutional. Voters approved the measure […]

  • August 24, 2021 August 24, 2021
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