Posts tagged labor shortages

    Union membership grows the fastest of any state in Tennessee over the past two years

    January 24, 2023 // The number of Tennessee workers belonging to labor unions has grown over the past two years at the fastest rate of any state in the country. Fueled by a growth in unionized government employees, building trades and autoworkers, union membership in Tennessee jumped by more than 39% from the pandemic low in 2020 to reach 163,000 members last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For all its gains, however, organized labor still represents only a fraction of workers in Tennessee, especially in the private sector. Last year, 5.5% of all workers across Tennessee were union members, or only about half of the 10.1% share of workers nationwide who belong to a labor union, according to the statistics bureau.

    US union membership rate hits all-time low despite campaigns

    January 23, 2023 // The number of workers belonging to a union actually increased by 1.9% to 14.3 million. But that failed to keep pace with higher overall employment rates. The number of wage- and salary-earning workers rose by 3.9%, the government said. U.S. union membership has been falling steadily for decades. In 1983, the first year that comparable data is available, the union membership rate was 20.1%, the government said. Public-sector workers, like police and teachers, had the highest unionization rates last year, at 33%. Just 6% of private-sector workers were unionized.

    U.S. labor strikes went up almost 50% between 2021 and 2022

    January 18, 2023 // Union membership and strike activity has fallen in the decades since King’s death. But more recently, that has been changing. The number of strikes in the United States rose almost 50% between 2021 and 2022, according to Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. That pickup in activity has momentum.

    Restaurant Employees Will See Huge Pay Raises Nationwide

    January 12, 2023 // Laws, like the FAST ACT, plus the unionization of restaurant employees are boosting the minimum wage for restaurant employees.

    We haven’t completely dodged a ‘disastrous’ rail strike, rail workers say

    September 15, 2022 // After years of an increasingly taxing work environment, longtime rail employees are worn down — and not trusting that the tentative agreement reached by their union officials and employers will deliver for them. “It just feels like we’re going to be forced into a deal that I’ve heard nobody say anything positive about,” said the track worker.

    Understanding America’s Labor Shortage: The Most Impacted Industries

    September 9, 2022 // For example, durable goods manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and education and health services have a labor shortage—these industries have more unfilled job openings than unemployed workers with experience in their respective industry. Even if every unemployed person with experience in the durable goods manufacturing industry were employed, the industry would only fill 65% of the vacant jobs. Conversely, in the transportation, construction, and mining industries, there is a labor surplus. There are more unemployed workers with experience in their respective industry than there are open jobs.

    Hormel workers at Corn Nuts plant go on strike

    August 23, 2022 // While the strike at the California Corn Nuts plant is still in its infancy and unlikely to impact the supply of the crunchy snack, a long-term ordeal could eventually make its way to store shelves. The Fresno Bee, citing the union, noted the estimated 40 workers on strike include the entire production team. As a result, the facility will not make additional products until an agreement is reached.

    Quiet quitting: Employees suffering pandemic burnout say they’ve just stopped working as hard

    August 20, 2022 // Millions of Americans are taking a similar approach. Burned out after logging excessive hours or duties during COVID-19, they’re resolving to meet their job requirements but not go beyond. No toiling late into the night. No calls on weekends. And no pushing themselves to the brink even during regular business hours. Korn Ferry, Harris Poll, Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex + Strategy Group, Michelle Reisdorf, Andrew Challenger, Joe Galvin, Jonathan Millar,