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Are Unions Making a Comeback?

The Daily

The New York Times

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4.597.8K Ratings

🗓️ 2 May 2022

⏱️ 33 minutes

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Summary

The United States is seeing a revival in union membership. In the last six months, the National Labor Relations Board has recorded a 60 percent increase in workers filing for petitions that allow for union elections to take place. The circumstances that have prompted these unionization efforts have some similarities with the period that brought the largest gain in union membership in U.S. history, during the 1930s. What can that era tell us about today, and are current efforts just a blip?

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From the New York Times, I'm Sabrina Tevernice.

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This is The Daily.

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History made in Buffalo, New York, Starbucks workers at the Elmwood Avenue location voted

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to unionize.

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Final tally, 19-8.

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It's significant because that is the first Starbucks to form a union at a company operated

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store ever in America.

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The organization efforts have been gaining steam across major companies.

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Today, Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse successfully voted to unionize.

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The workers at the New York City location of outdoor clothing and equipment or seller

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REI have voted in favor of joining a union yet they did it.

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Now this is the first major effort at an Apple store.

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We went for the juggler and we went for the top dog because they made this all popular.

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We went for the juggler and we went for the top dog because we want every other industry,

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every other business to know that games are tanks.

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We're going unionize.

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We're not going to quit our jobs anymore.

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My colleague, Noam Shiber, on the largest game in union membership in US history, the 1930s,

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and what that era tells us about today.

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It's Monday, May 2nd.

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Noam, you cover labor for the New York Times and I've been hearing a lot of reports about this

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flurry of activity with unions.

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