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Unions Push Companies as Workers Stay Scarce

Union leaders say pandemic frustrations spur “new militancy” among workers as critics warn that efforts hit companies already struggling with supply-chain problems.

10/18/2021 4:15:00 AM

“There is a new militancy out there.” Frustration remains among some workers who have been required to work long hours through the pandemic while companies reap big profits from a rebounding economy, union officials and labor researchers said.

Union leaders say pandemic frustrations spur “new militancy” among workers as critics warn that efforts hit companies already struggling with supply-chain problems.

.Union officials said workers are motivated by lingering frustration over their hours, pay and concerns for their health as some have held front-line jobs through the Covid-19 pandemic. Employees this year have pushed for higher wages, expanded benefits, safer workplaces and added staffing.

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“‘There is a new militancy out there. I do think it’s an opportunity for labor.’”— James P. Hoffa, Teamsters president“There is a new militancy out there,” said James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union, which represents 1.4 million workers, from Detroit auto workers to package-delivery drivers. “I do think it’s an opportunity for labor.”

Many companies in recent months, responding to the tight labor market for lower-wage workers,have been raising pay, offering signing bonuses and improving benefits to stay competitive. Critics of unions have warned that the work stoppages and efforts to influence labor policy could push up prices for consumers and slow production, potentially stifling the U.S. economic recovery. headtopics.com

“Businesses and unions should be working together to get the economy back on track,” said Kristen Swearingen, chairwoman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, an organization of industry groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Work stoppages could wind up costing jobs and hurting small businesses, the coalition said.

Earlier this month on the company’s earnings call, the chief executive officer of food giantInc.was asked by analysts about concerns over strikes.“It’s a tight labor market, and it takes a lot of ingenuity and creativity and effort to attract and retain employees,” Sean Connolly, the CEO, responded, adding, “So we’re, obviously, always trying to cultivate the strongest possible relationships with our employees....And I feel good about where we sit right now, but it’s—there’s no denying, it’s a daily grind.”

Marcel Debruge, a labor-relations attorney for companies, said companies are dealing with heightened frustration among employees. But he feels many companies are increasing efforts to be responsive and that employees might not turn to unions partly because workers now have other avenues, such as social media, to express grievances and secure gains. “I don’t believe a new day has dawned in organized labor,” he said.

Union membership, particularly in the private sector,. Job growth has slowed in industries such as manufacturing, transportation and utilities, which are typically more unionized compared with healthcare and other services. Some manufacturers have placed new plants in Southern states where unions typically are less common. headtopics.com

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Newsletter Sign-upThe 10-Point.A personal, guided tour to the best scoops and stories every day in The Wall Street Journal.PREVIEWSUBSCRIBEUnion members made up 10.8% of the U.S. workforce last year, a higher proportion than in 2019, but down from a peak of 20.1% in 1983, the earliest year for which the Labor Department has comparable data.

Labor leaders said now is a time to build their ranks due to worker shortages, the pandemic struggles and because a pro-labor president is in the White House. Rob Hill, vice president and organizing director of the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, which represents janitors and airport workers, said he expects the roughly 175,000-member union this year to sign up double the number of new members than it did in 2020, which was around 4,000. Concerns over compensation, healthcare coverage and paid time off are drawing more workers’ interest in the union, he said.

The Teamsters union said it is fielding an unprecedented volume of requests to form unions at workplaces around the country, and Mr. Hoffa cited organizing efforts or first-time contracts within Illinois cannabis dispensaries, food-distribution warehouses and Las Vegas casinos.

Jonas Loeb, communications director for the 150,000-member International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said that union is actively recruiting live-events workers across the country. A rush of concerts and other events being scheduled as pandemic restrictions ease is putting greater strains on employees, Mr. Loeb said. headtopics.com

This weekend, the film and television industry narrowly avoided a shutdown of production after the stage workers’ unionreached a tentative agreementwith studios and streaming services over worker demands.Not all workers’ efforts have been successful. Amazon.com employees at an Alabama warehouse in April voted not to unionize, and a separate 2018 effort to organize workers at Amazon’s Whole Foods Market also failed.

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From Film Sets to Manufacturing Plants, Unions Push Companies as Workers Stay Scarce“There is a new militancy out there.” Frustration remains among some workers who have been required to work long hours through the pandemic while companies reap big profits from a rebounding economy, union officials and labor researchers said. Lol, such drama! This has been a cycle in Employer/Employee relations in all 63 years of my life. The media makes everything the end of the world nowadays🙄 Resentment of cowardly white collar workers preaching down to us while they hide behind their laptops gettin paid or come out with no mask while insisting those that serve them wear a mask. Why is striking considered ‘militancy’ ?

Italy's unions rally against neo-fascist groups after violent protestsItaly's biggest workers' unions rallied in Rome on Saturday and called on the government to dissolve the neo-fascist groups involved in last weekend's violent protests against the COVID-19 health pass. For Reuters, standing up for civil rights is considered neo fascism! 1)But how, don't you say anything about what is happening in thousands of Italian squares these days? Well I tell you, hundreds of thousands of people are fighting against a health dictatorship imposed by the government, which does not allow millions of Italians to be able to Italian Government is the neofascist.