It’s no secret that labor has a sordid past. There have been some bad actors who used their position of influence to exert pressure on workers and make a profit off their fear. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that those bad seeds are the exception, not the norm.
Labor unions have led the fight for many of the benefits workers receive on the job today, such as minimum wage, paid sick leave, overtime pay, and retirement. Of all of the benefits, though, the most important may be access to health insurance and other healthcare benefits.
Supported by Starbucks Workers United, workers at hundreds of Starbucks locations in the U.S. are battling intense union-busting campaigns to organize.
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more gig workers to organize and fight for better working conditions. Unions should be supporting those efforts.
Employers and governments want the US economy to restart mid-pandemic. Unions can help protect workers as the economy reopens.
Media coverage of union activities has a history of being negative or non-existent, but unions can change this by adopting social media engagement.