It has been decades since workers have been so dissatisfied. This is why we are seeing more high-profile walkouts, examples are the Writers Guild of America, newly unionized Starbucks employees and those Amazon drivers represented by the Teamsters are starting to flex their muscles. Strikes and work stoppages have returned as a mainstay of U.S. news and are likely to stay for the foreseeable future. Do not be surprised if this rapidly expands into the area of government workers also calling for more.
Teamsters Report California Amazon Workers Began ULP Strike on June 24
Amazon is one of the companies that has painted a target on its back as a place organized labor will decide to key on. Part of this is because of its plans to destroy jobs through automation. Striking Amazon delivery drivers and dispatchers from Palmdale, Calif., have already extended their picket line to an Amazon warehouse (EWR5) outside of New York City.
This is part of an effort to raise awareness of their demands the e-commerce giant stop its unfair labor practices. The growing strike will continue until Amazon reinstates the unlawfully terminated Palmdale employees, recognizes the Teamsters, respects the contract negotiated by the workers, and bargains with the Teamsters Union to address low pay and dangerous working conditions.
With the UPS agreement galvanizing big wage increases as a reality, it will be more difficult for other large companies to say no. It will also make it much harder for small struggling companies and the mom-and-pop small business sector to compete. This translates into a lot of small businesses closing or their employees slipping farther down the economic ladder. Still, following increased attacks on employees' collective bargaining rights, supporters of these rights are not in the mood for interference.
The UPS agreement is an arrow in the heart of those "experts" expecting a wave of
deflation ahead. As the previous article on this subject reported, the main takeaway from the UPS agreement is that inflation is
tied directly to wages and labor costs. All businesses large and small
will be affected with small businesses being hit the hardest. This
translates into consumers having to pay more and workers demanding
higher pay. We know that government workers will never lower their pay
and unlike the private sector, it is not held back by an employer's
ability to pay. Add government works to those screaming for more money.
In short, get ready for higher everything.
Footnote; For more information on how a strike would have hurt the economy and the wage increase workers sought, see the link below: https://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2023/07/united-parcel-service-strike-will-set.html
(Republishing of this article welcomed with reference to Bruce Wilds/AdvancingTime Blog)