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Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 July 2021

Colombia

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In Colombia, there are about 50,000 waste pickers, they collect and sort through trash to findrecyclabless to make a living. Their livelihood was threatened in the 1990s after Colombia adopted neoliberal policies that...

Southerly

Victoria Bouloubasis

28 May 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Because of coordinated partnerships between local governments, state health departments, and nonprofit groups, more and more farmworkers are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Through the N.C. Department of Health and H...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

26 May 2021

United States

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In service industries that traditionally pay and treat workers poorly, worker-owned cooperatives serve as a humane alternative. Worker-owners at eight co-ops in four states describe the difference their jobs make in t...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

20 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two Baltimore restaurants, Red Emma's and Joe Squared, show how running or starting as worker-owned cooperatives gave them pandemic-survival skills in a business climate that killed many other small businesses. By tap...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

13 May 2021

United States

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Worker-run co-ops in the food industry and in the care sector, industries hard hit by COVID-19, have proved resilient in weathering the pandemic. Some, like Cooperative Home Care Associates, partnered with other co-op...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

6 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore ice cream maker Taharka Brothers is six Black men, worker-owners, who lost most of their business accounts at the start of the pandemic. They saved their business, and their jobs, by starting home delivery a...

Grady Newsource

Abir Saberi

17 March 2021

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Georgia’s Racial Justice Centering Committee, part of the University of Georgia’s United Campus Workers, runs the Racial Justice, Labor, and the South Book Club at the Avid Bookshop. The moderator-led discussions prov...

The Local

Lucía Blanco Gracia

12 January 2021

Barcelona, Spain

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Known locally as manteros, street vendors in Barcelona, Spain, organized and created a union called Diomcoop. The union offers full-time contracts to the vendors, which are difficult to obtain, and which allows them t...

The Local

Snigdha Bansal

11 January 2021

Copenhagen, Denmark

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A Danish trade union has integrated migrant construction workers by overcoming language and cultural barriers. The move has led to better working conditions, equal pay, healthcare, and housing for migrant workers - al...

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Katia Mullova

3 December 2020

Germany

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To mitigate the problem of unfair supply chains, Tip Me allows consumers to send money directly to the workers creating the merchandise in factories halfway across the world. Brands pay a fee to sign up for the system...

Prism

Aaron Mok

19 November 2020

Vermont, United States

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A first-of-its-kind worker-led program in Vermont is helping dairy migrant workers to "hold farmers, corporations, and suppliers in the dairy industry accountable for the rights of workers in their supply-chains throu...

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...

The New York Times

Ben Dooley

Hisako Ueno

20 June 2020

Japan

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Japan's unemployment has barely grown during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks in large part to a business culture that prizes employees' interests over short-term profits. Much of the country's economy remained open in the...

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...

Inside Higher Ed

Madeline St. Amour

16 June 2020

United States

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Graduate students at several major universities organized to secure benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization fought for and won the expansion of me...

All Hands On

Patrick Chalmers

7 June 2020

Greece

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Protests against severe “austerity measures” that were passed after the 2011 economic recession resulted in worker and housing cooperatives to address labor and housing inequities. Citizens protested by gathering in p...

Mongabay

Jeremy Hance

23 March 2020

Australia

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Lonely Conservationists, an online forum that unites conservationists from around the world, has more than 2,500 members and 55 posts by conservationists who share their experiences of being exhausted, undervalued, un...

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...

Civil Eats

Vera Liang Chang

9 March 2020

Florida, United States

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The Fair Food Program, which educates and empowers farmworkers to report on-the-job sexual harassment, has all but eliminated sexual assaults at participating farms in an industry that otherwise is known for vast powe...

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Teresa Carr

13 February 2020

Dominican Republic

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Carla Martin is an anthropologist at Harvard University, who also founded the Nine Cacao and Chocolate Institute — a nonprofit that brings together industry professionals, academics, and producers to share insights an...

NPR

Rebecca Davis

26 December 2019

Nduru Beach, Kenya

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Along Kenya's Lake Victoria, the practice of jaboya - where fishermen guarantee that day's catch to a woman fish trader in exchange for sexual favors - is all too common, in part due to a lack of economic opportunity ...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

18 December 2019

New York, 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...

FastCompany

Julia Hotz

2 December 2019

Berlin, Germany

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A nonprofit in Berlin tests the success of the Universal Basic Income structure, which is founded on the idea that a monthly stipend awarded to all individuals can create an invigorated labor force and allow people to...

Next City

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' ...

WFAE

Pam Kelley

4 November 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Living-wage advocates in North Carolina have turned to the business community to address low minimum wages which prevent employees from escaping poverty. Where local and state governments are unable to pass higher min...

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