Bernard, Elaine

A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

June 30, 2022

Dan DiMaggioAngela Bunay
Labor Notes

“Seven months ago if you asked me about a union I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know, cops have them?’” says Sarah Pappin, a shift supervisor at a Seattle Starbucks. But on June 6, she and her co-workers voted unanimously to join Starbucks Workers United, part of an upsurge of organizing by younger workers with little union experience that is breathing new life into the labor movement.

Now they’re dreaming even...

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Learning from the Covid Disruption: A Stop/Start/Continue Analysis for Unions

June 1, 2022

Elaine Bernard
Labor Notes

Just about every union activity has been disrupted or transformed. A period of massive disruption, how­ever, is also an opportunity for change. Seeing how quickly some of your long­established practices stopped, and new practices started, demonstrates that change is possible. 

As we (hopefully) emerge from the pandemic, we don't have to return to the way things were. Though the disruption was for an unpleasant reason, maybe some of the changes it prompted were good-they opened new opportunities or helped more members get...

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Congratulations to Elaine Bernard for receiving the Sefton/Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations

Congratulations to Elaine Bernard for receiving the Sefton/Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations

March 30, 2017

The award, given by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resource at the Univeristy of Toronto, honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. Both practitioners in labour relations as well as academics have received this award.

The award will be presented at the Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture on March 30, 2017. This years speaker is Richard Yeselson, Labour Journalist, talking on "Trade Unions and Populist Politics: What The Trump Presidency Truly Means for Labour"

We are proud that our former Executive Director is this year's recipient.

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