Many of these unions have sought representation from the NewsGuild, a branch of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). They include editorial staff, who recognize the shared working conditions of an industry in crisis.
As workers organize unions to improve working conditions during the pandemic, employers have engaged in retaliation, including laying offs.
Restaurant workers in ‘right-to-work’ states face unique challenges as they struggle for better conditions during COVID-19.
“It’s a definitive shift in the entire landscape, not just in Chicago, but throughout the U.S., away from privatization, school closures, charter schools, and the kind of Koch Brother funding of private schools instead of public schools, a threat we’ve been fending off for the last 30 years,” said Jackson Potter, a union bargaining member and high school teacher in Chicago.
Fast food chain Burgerville announced they would support a vote to establish a nationally recognized union at their Portland, Oregon location.