Because the economy gained 3 million jobs in 2023, unions had to draw hundreds of thousands of new members just to hold their ground.
Wooing those workers will be expensive and require a lot of creativity, since many of them are employed in ‘right-to-work’ states.
Rank-and-file union members employed by the automakers have to ratify the new contracts before they become official.
On Oct. 11, 2023, a new memorial was unveiled at the site of the 1911 fire. A cadre of young Jewish women helped push for change in the wake of the tragedy.
Beyond higher wages and improved benefits, the terms of the Kaiser settlement would ensure better staffing, which the unions have argued is critical for providing quality patient care.
Workers are objecting to staffing levels they say endanger patient care and are refusing their employer’s offer that includes raises that they say are too low due to inflation.
History suggests that there’s risk of overplaying one’s hand when new technology is lurking.
Building an auto industry for the future that serves the needs of workers, companies and consumers alike will require innovative partnerships between the union and management.
When unions amass large sums of money to parcel out to workers, it can give them more leverage in negotiations with employers.
A strike would shake up the auto industry, even though both the union’s ranks and the share of the US automotive market controlled by GM, Ford and Stellantis have been shrinking for decades.
Results already in from the first direct leadership election in the UAW’s 88-year history present a sharply divided leadership.
Workers have filed the most union petitions since 2015 and the number of strikes have surged, but whether this turns into a sustained increase in membership rates is still unclear.
President Joe Biden called on Congress to intervene to avoid a strike that he said would ‘devastate our economy.’
Often overlooked in the immigration debate are the contributions of migrants, such as how they helped organize workers in the 1990s.
Starbucks Workers United has already organized 146 locations in about six months. While that’s a fraction of Starbucks’ 9,000 US stores, it’s one of the most successful labor campaigns in decades.
Amazon can become the Earth’s best employer, but this must involve democratizing the workplace, recognizing the legitimate right of employees to organize and cooperating with labour representatives.
The reasons have a lot to do with the nature of unions as representative of workers’ views, as well as the importance of protecting their right to bargain.
Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues.
Although it covers only about 6,000 workers, the election could result in the first unionized Amazon facility in the US and have broader ramifications for the labor movement.
The vast majority of US workers are deemed “at will,” which means they can be fired at any time, without notice, and for any reason.