More American Workers Going on Strike

Many seek pay raises to keep up with inflation.

In the past few weeks, thousands of teachers in Ohio and Washington, nursing home workers in Pennsylvania, and health therapists in California have walked picket lines after contract negotiations broke down between employees and unions. More workers across a range of industries are going on strike, seeking pay raises to catch up to inflation, while the tight labor market has taken away some of the risks of walking off the job. There were 180 strikes in the first six months of 2022, according to the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

The Kroger employees union has voted to authorize to strike after members rejected a tentative deal with the company this week. Employees at the major lumber company Weyerhaeuser in Oregon and Washington are on strike, citing low wage increases and high healthcare premiums. And at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, workers are striking Friday amid stalled union negotiations. The union says the museum has yet to bring significant offers to the negotiating table.

Meanwhile, railroads and workers’ unions recently reached a tentative labor agreement averting a strike that would have disrupted the supply chain nationwide.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Commissioner Beach as he oversees the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • For Labor Secretary Walsh as he seeks to support American labor and union workers.
  • That the president and his administration would seek God’s direction as they promote organized labor.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, KATU, CBS News, Hyperallergic


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