Posts tagged picketing

    ANALYSIS: Three Charts That Show Unions’ Picketing Power in 2022

    January 17, 2023 // With unions continuing to gain traction against a backdrop of tight labor markets and job dissatisfaction, it’s no wonder that 2022 was a busy year for labor unrest. But still, it’s pretty astonishing to see just how busy unions have been. Here are three year-end statistics, mined from Bloomberg Law’s database of work stoppages, that help reveal the scope of union strike activity in 2022. Union Strike Total Surpasses 300 Unions initiated 314 strikes against employers in 2022, according to preliminary statistics from the database. It’s the first time strike totals have topped the 300 mark since 2005.

    Starbucks workers at 100 stores are planning three-day strike starting on Friday amid union push

    December 16, 2022 // Starbucks workers around the U.S. are planning a three-day strike starting Friday as part of their effort to unionize the coffee chain’s stores. More than 1,000 baristas at 100 stores are planning to walk out, according to Starbucks Workers United, the labor group organizing the effort. The strike will be the longest in the year-old unionization campaign. This is the second major strike in a month by Starbucks’ U.S. workers. On Nov. 17, workers at 110 Starbucks stores held a one-day walkout. That effort coincided with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, when the company gives reusable cups to customers who order a holiday drink.

    The New York Times is bracing for a historic mass walkout as union negotiations go down to the wire

    December 7, 2022 // The New York Times is preparing for more than 1,100 of its union staffers to go on strike for a full day Thursday — an act of protest that has not been staged by employees at the paper of record since the late 1970s. The historic work stoppage is set to go in effect at midnight on December 8 and last for an entire 24 hours. Instead of filing stories, employees will be seen picketing outside The Times’ offices at 1pm, with prominent journalists such as Nikole Hannah-Jones set to speak during a solidarity rally. Some major desks at the paper could lose a staggering 90% of their workforce during the strike, according to the NewsGuild of New York, which represents journalists and other staffers at The Times.

    Union workers from Amherst’s Nordson Corporation go on strike

    November 16, 2022 // Titone added that Nordson ICS expects to continue operating through the work stoppage by "utilizing available resources as necessary."

    Weyerhaeuser worker strike ends after 46 days with ‘not the greatest’ contract

    October 31, 2022 // A six-week worker strike at Weyerhaeuser mills across the Pacific Northwest ended Friday after union members narrowly voted to approve a new contract that included wage increases and benefits. The approved contract did not include all the changes unionized workers were hoping for but did secure improvements such as lower healthcare premium costs and 14% wage increases, according to Brandon Bryant, district business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

    After Unionizing And Picketing, Senate Cafeteria Workers Secure $20 Minimum Wage And Benefits

    October 24, 2022 // Cafeteria workers at the U.S. Senate have ratified their first contract, securing a $20 per hour minimum wage and benefits like pension contributions and affordable platinum-level health insurance with coverage for family members. The workers are organized with UNITE HERE Local 23. The union’s contract with the workers’ employer, Restaurant Associates, went into effect Tuesday and will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2026.

    Voodoo Doughnut workers unionize in second attempt

    October 13, 2022 // The vote came after a previous union campaign in 2021 ended in a 9-9 tie, meaning a loss for the union. But after a year, the tide shifted. Union supporters changed tactics for the 2022 campaign in response to feedback from coworkers. Some workers wanted to minimize picketing and marching on the boss, both of which were part of the prior year effort.

    Strike by Philadelphia Museum of Art workers shows woes of ‘prestige’ jobs

    October 10, 2022 // Organizing one workplace can serve as an example for other similar workplaces to do the same. Adam Rizzo, art museum educator and one of the union’s leaders, says when it formed, it also created a new chapter, Local 397, which employees at other museums could join.

    Topless dancers in North Hollywood get approval to vote for unionization

    October 10, 2022 // After months of protests, the National Labor Relations Board has approved an election for dancers at a topless bar in North Hollywood hoping to unionize. If the exotic performers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar chose to organize, they will be the only dancers in the United States to be represented by a union. Kate Shindle,

    Art Museum workers continue strike into second week

    October 6, 2022 // In the week since the strike began, there have been no negotiations between workers and management. After two years of negotiating, the union called a strike on September 26 when management came to the table with an offer to raise wages an average of 8.5% in the first 10 months of the contract, and 11% by July 2024, among other benefits such as four weeks of paid parental leave and accelerated eligibility for new employees to access medical coverage.