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The Year of Union Strikes
When you look back on 2023, there are some major pop culture moments that could come to mind: the Eras tour, the Eras tour concert movie, and when Taylor Swift started dating that one football player dude.
As historic as those moments of The Year of Taylor were, there's another way to look at 2023: the Year of Union Strikes.
This week the United Auto Workers union sealed a historic deal with GM as a result of a six-week strike. The Writer's Guild of America recently sealed their own mega-deal with Hollywood studios, and as of this writing, the actor's union (SAG-AFTRA) is negotiating for their own deal after being on strike for over 100 days.
Last week over 75,000 healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente walked off the job to demand higher pay.
In 2023 alone there have been 312 strikes that involved over 450,000 workers, according to CNBC. Experts are calling it the biggest year for union activity in the last four decades.
Why is this all happening now?
It turns out union activity really is contagious. But instead of catching a life-threatening virus, hopefully you catch better pay and working conditions.
When unions in one industry see success and get several of their demands met, it encourages other unions to take a stand for themselves. But there's more to it than just a beautiful Kumbaya campfire moment.
Inflation and stagnant wages are at the core of these strikes, and many unions were not able to negotiate better contracts during the thick of the pandemic. They'd tell you it's more much overdue than the Hunger Games prequel movie that nobody asked for.
We wish all the unions luck because everyone deserves to be paid fairly for their work.
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