The Wall Street Journal reports that as the United Auto Workers (UAW) selectively strike the three major US car companies, it comes “as American workers are striking at a pace not seen in nearly a quarter-century.
“Last month, large stoppages from strikes resulted in 4.1 million missed days of work, according to the Labor Department. That preliminary estimate was the biggest monthly total since August 2000.”
Part of this is attributable to the current strikes by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Writers Guild of America. But, the Journal notes, “Labor activism has been on the rise in other sectors. Some standoffs have led to stoppages, while others have been resolved with unions negotiating higher pay and better benefits from employers that have struggled to fill openings in a tight labor market.”
However, as US Today recently pointed out, “the rate of union members is the lowest in decades at 10.1% in 2022 … . The overall rate of union membership is much lower than it was 40 years ago. Between 1983 and 2022, union membership fell by half from 20.1% to 10.1%.”
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