“Year of the Worker”: 2021 Saw Over 3 Million Strike Days With 140K Participants

Workers waged hundreds of work stoppages in 2021, marking millions of total “strike days” over the course of the year that saw a resurgence of the U.S. labor movement but a decline in overall union membership. According to a new report by researchers at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, 140,000 workers went on strike or otherwise participated in a work stoppage last year in 265 strikes and lockouts. Together, the workers logged over 3.2 million strike days. Pay was the most common reason for workers to go on strike, the data shows. Nearly 60,000 workers…

Sanders Pushes Workers to Organize as Advocates Celebrate “Year of the Worker”

As labor advocates hail 2021 as the “year of the worker,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is encouraging workers to maintain the momentum by using their collective leverage to organize. On Wednesday, Sanders issued a warning to corporations and executives on Twitter. “For the ruling class, greed is a religion. They will cut back on workers’ wages, on workers’ benefits, on workers’ safety on the job — all for the sake of having more, more, more,” he wrote. “I’ve got news for the ruling class: you cannot have it all. The working class is fighting back.” Sanders’s statements come at the…

Buffalo Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Form First-Ever Starbucks Union

In a historic victory for the labor movement, workers at one of Starbucks’s 9,000 corporate-owned locations have voted to form the first-ever Starbucks union in the country, after facing tough opposition and union-busting efforts from the company. Workers at the Elmwood location in Buffalo voted 19 to 8 in favor of unionizing under Starbucks Workers United, which is under the Service Employees International Union. Camp Road, the second store whose votes were being counted on Thursday, voted against the union 12 to 8. Genesee Street, a store by the Buffalo airport, had several ballots that were disputed by the union…

Proposal to Democratize United Auto Workers Elections Leads in Referendum Vote

A potentially consequential proposal to help democratize voting within United Auto Workers (UAW) is on track to win, with most regions’ votes counted as of Tuesday afternoon. The proposal, known as “one member, one vote,” would allow union members to vote directly for members of the 13-member UAW International Executive Board, which is responsible for overseeing the union with over 600 locals across eight regions. With about 35 percent of the votes counted, election reform is leading by 63 to 37 percent, or a margin of 26 percent. For the past 70 years, the 400,000-member union has had a delegate…