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Questions tagged [labor]

Labor generally refers to employment rules, governing both employers and employees. Use this tag to discuss labor and the politics around it, including unions. For the UK political party, use the [labour-party] tag.

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What type of employees are “obliged to join a union as a condition of employment” in New York?

This is an excerpt from an article explaining why Amazon is reconsidering opening its headquarters in New York: New York is a pro-labor city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where ...
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What leverage do U.S. federal workers' unions have?

Federal workers in the United States are bound by law to not strike, and many union leaders claim their workers "believe in public service" and "they’re not just going to walk away". Given that ...
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Any backlash against Ukrainians working in Poland? What's the Polish public opinion on Ukrainian guest workers?

According to Eurostat, in 2016 the vast majority of new work permits for non-EU citizens were issued by Poland for Ukrainians, nearly half a million such permits. Bloomberg has a background article ...
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Why do nations tend to mandate that police hires be personally more scrupulous than average?

Often the main thing with a job is that it be done well, and the practical distinction between the quality of separate workers is how well they do a job. For example, given a choice between hiring ...
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Why did a trade-union and labour movement not arise in the United States, as it did in other developed countries?

Last night I watched the Panorama programme on BBC TV, which examined the views of several Trump voters a year after the election. What struck me was the extent to which Trump was able to garner the ...
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Biggest lobby firms for labor

I am trying to find out which lobbyists do the most work for organized labor in the United States. I have done a Google search but have not come up with anything meaningful.
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What negatives could come with union membership being made a prerequisite for employment?

Let's say a POTUS is elected with a friendly SCOTUS and congress behind him. He hates how America's unions and labour rights have been crushed over the decades, and in response passes a very simple ...
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Does communism propose also “forced” labor for people who are ill?

Communism (in Marxism) proposes everyone should work. Does it propose people who are ill to work if they cannot?
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Why are wildcat strikes illegal in the United States?

According to Wikipedia, wildcat strikes (strikes undertaken by workers without the authorisation or approval of union leadership) have been illegal since the passage of the National Labor Relations ...
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Why don't all developed countries sign freedom of labor agreements between each other?

In general, states try to restrict the movement of foreign labor because immigrants are seen as "taking jobs" from locals. However why cannot states with similar wage levels sign agreements to allow ...
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Are any Presidency and national job number change correlations provably causal?

Aside from wartime, are there any Presidency and national job number change correlations that are widely agreed to be provably causal? Jobs go up, Presidents preen. Jobs go down, Presidents blame ...
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How does Anarcho Communism solve the temporal division of labor problem?

How does AnCom solve the temporal division of labor problem? Presumably no one wants to live in a cave. Take a pencil, for example. To manufacture it requires a rubber tree farm, a logging territory, ...
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How do wage subsidies support industrial decentralization?

How do wage subsidies support industrial decentralization? I am busy reading a paper that says, "The industrial decentralization policy in South Africa made some inroads, but disintegrated once wage ...
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Is there any notable political view which effectively deals with technological unemployment?

I thought of the recent and past trends of unemployment and I see a clear sign that the technological unemployment won't be smaller than it is now, it increases with time. Take these facts: ...
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Why don't unions negotiate members-only contracts in right-to-work states?

How unions are generally formed is that the workers at a company take a vote, and if a majority vote for collective bargaining, then all the workers get represented by a union in negotiations with the ...
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Why can public employees unionize?

I once asked a teacher (NY city public school) whether teacher unions were a good idea. He said: "they are bad for you and good for me". A trade union increases the power of the employees by allowing ...
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What is the business case for the general electorate in requiring hairdressers to be licensed?

In the United States (and in many other countries!), there are several professions in which it is illegal to practice without a license. While most states typically handle these schemes, even ...
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What can be done to limit the power of trade unions without hurting the right of assembly?

Some claim that trade unions are essential for ensuring workers rights. At the same time, some powerful trade unions are being blamed for using their power to extort extremely high salaries and ...
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List of countries that includes how much of the workforce is employed by the government

Where can I find a list of European/World countries by government workers per capita or as a percentage of total workforce? I can't seem to find it on Eurostat. It would be interesting to see the ...
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If robotics starts replacing human workers, what will the less wealthy workers do? [closed]

According to TechChrunch, Foxconn is planning to fully replace workers with robots. If this would continue and spread to other manufacturers, what changes to the current system would be feasible to ...