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Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

8 January 2018

Iceland

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Iceland is hoping to become the first country to eliminate the pay gap between men and women after it imposed a law that mandates companies get an equal pay certification or face a fine.”This law is thought to be the ...

The New York Times

Matthew Sedacca

26 December 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Employees at digital media companies are pursuing the same means which employees at traditional print media businesses securing their rights: unions. A wave of digital media companies have seen their employees unioniz...

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Tulip Mazumdar

26 December 2017

Savar Upazila, Dhaka District, Bangladesh

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As large cracks appeared in the walls of Rana Plaza, workers’ safety concerns were ignored until the building collapsed, killing 1,134 and injuring many more. New regulations and organizations are improving worker saf...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Deepa Fernandes

17 December 2017

Florida, United States

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In Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers found a way to end sexual harassment on the tomato fields. Through organizing, they convinced big companies like McDonald’s and Walmart to only buy tomatoes from “fields...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jasmine Garsd

Andrea Crossan

5 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 1995 El Monte, a US sweatshop in California that housed workers without paying them, was raided. “The El Monte raid changed the garment industry.” After the raid, former president Bill Clinton created a sweatshop t...

BBC

William Kremer

17 October 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Iceland may be "the best country in the world for gender equality" but women get paid 30 percent less than men. Trade unions and businesses united to fix the problem. They reevaluated people's salaries through a point...

The New York Times Magazine

Charles Duhigg

23 July 2017

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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After years of building a reputation for sexism in their office culture and commercials, GoDaddy has taken steps to address these issues and change course. Initiatives include changes in the hiring process, evaluation...

Columbia Journalism Review

Gary Weiss

21 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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As a relatively new field, digital media companies were without the “building blocks” that formed the infrastructure of traditional media companies. Unionizing efforts at digital media companies are an effort to put t...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

22 March 2017

United States

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Ban-the-box legislation can help people with criminal records receive fair consideration as job applicants. However, the employment prospects of other applicants, particularly African American women and young workers,...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

20 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia enacted a law in 2016 that allows for people convicted of minor crimes to get their records sealed by a court. In this article an employment lawyer who has worked for many years with people who have recor...

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Jason Farbman

17 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In order to secure workplace protections, liability protection for their writing, and channels of communication with management, writers working for digital media companies have begun to unionize. Unions can provide s...

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Christopher D. Cook

11 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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With millennials unable to find regular work, people of color and women tired of discrimination during the hiring process, the number of people turning to freelancing has been growing. Networks like Enspiral and Upwor...

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Johnny Magdaleno

1 August 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Low wage workers are very likely to have their rights violated. To support them in an accessible and efficient way WorkersReport was created as an app to help workers report and track violations as well as get in touc...

Vice

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

28 March 2016

Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

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Empower, a sex workers' rights organization with over 50,000 members, has been steadily pushing to improve the working conditions of women in the sex trade in Thailand. In addition to advocating for decriminalization ...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

28 January 2016

Butembo, Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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All over the world, new fair trade projects or approaches are sprouting up to foster trading relationships that pay off for farmers, giving them more adequate wages and rights.

Christian Science Monitor

Michael Holtz

25 January 2016

United States

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Promising and innovative solutions to modern-day slavery range from labeling U.S. food products to forming joint police-NGO task forces. Each addresses a different aspect of slavery in the modern world, a pernicious p...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

25 January 2016

Albany, California, United States

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A new law seeks to protect vulnerable guest workers and unwary businesses from unscrupulous recruiters by requiring them to register with the state and meet certain requirements.

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

18 January 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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California class-action lawsuits against corporations are pushing the envelope on accountability for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The keyword is transparency: If companies are forced to disclose on ...

Christian Science Monitor

Michael Holtz

11 January 2016

Samut Sakhon, Chang Wat Samut Sakhon, Thailand

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In Thailand, the Issara Institute gives freed workers money, instead of services, and a chance to make their own choices. The system disavows paternalistic programs that tie strings to aid.

Sun Sentinel

Lois K. Solomon

31 December 2015

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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Tomato pickers have spent more than 20 years on a campaign for dignity and fair pay. The workers have succeeded, against incredible odds, in getting some of the biggest corporations in the country to recognize their p...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

28 December 2015

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Formed in 2013, the coalition of guest workers is recognized by the Mexican government. It gives transnational workers a platform to demand solutions to issues like recruitment fraud and trafficking.

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

14 December 2015

Guanajuato, Mexico

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The rights of migrant workers, especially related to legal issues, are often ignored. Lawyers are helping Mexican workers sue abusive employers in US courts.

Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

7 December 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Hundreds of Indian oil workers were sent to the Gulf Coast after Katrina, but their working conditions were far below any human standard. In an unprecedented response, they brought a lawsuit against the company that h...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

30 November 2015

Accra, Ghana

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The cocoa industry’s worst child labor abuses are beginning to be cleaned up. The changes are, in many ways, unprecedented.

Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

16 November 2015

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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Sexual harassment and assault, and almost non-existent job security, are just some of the problems that plague migrant workers in the United States. A decade-long farm worker-led effort to push corporations to demand ...

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