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Union-friendly Biden presides over tidal wave of worker strikes, complaints to federal labor board

Added 10-03-22 02:03:02pm EST - “Workers' strikes are on the rise this year, coupled with a surge in union organizing, as the tight labor market emboldens employees under the pro-union Biden administration to make more demands about their post-pandemic working conditions.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Union-friendly Biden presides over tidal wave of worker strikes, complaints to federal labor board”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Workers’ strikes are on the rise this year, coupled with a surge in union organizing, as the tight labor market emboldens employees under the pro-union Biden administration to make more demands about their post-pandemic working conditions.

There have been 288 strikes in the U.S. this year as of Friday, from the Oakland school district to the Philadelphia Art Museum, according to Cornell University’s labor-action tracker. That’s an increase of about 80% over the same period in 2021, when there were 163 worker walkouts.

Requests for the National Labor Relations Board to hold union elections also increased 58% in the first three quarters of fiscal 2022, compared with the same period in 2021. Workers have won union elections at major companies including Starbucks, Amazon, Google, Trader Joe’s and Verizon.

The increased union activity, analysts said, is spurred primarily by the shortage of workers. Job openings rose unexpectedly by 199,000 in July to 11.2 million.

“Employers are really scratching just to find anybody to fill spots,” said Sean Higgins, a labor specialist at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington. “And a lot of workers have realized how much of a commodity they are as a consequence. And that gives them more leverage to do this.”

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