The Big Story: Three Young Activists Who Never Worked in an Auto Factory Helped Deliver Huge Win for the UAW
“‘I thought it was important to bring in people that weren’t ingrained in the system,’ Fain told The Wall Street Journal in August.”
Are you ready to be organized?
By Courtney Kelsey
After watching the UAW’s turn-the-screws tactics pay off at some of its biggest competitors, Toyota announced this week it’s raising wages for its factory workers. The automaker, whose employees are not unionized, read the tea leaves and decided to invest now to help stave off a future conflict.
Today, it’s looking increasingly likely that the options for institutions with frustrated workforces are to evaluate and invest now or to prepare for increasing pressure from a new kind of labor activity.
Recent headlines have been full of this movement, as “more than 330,000 American workers have participated in strikes since the start of September,” reported Axios last month. The UAW. Hollywood writers. Hollywood actors. Nurses. Now, pharmacists.
The unions representing these groups are emboldened and getting stronger. Count on them to target every role in your health systems – yes, including your doctors.
The “Healthcare Hero” salutes from the pandemic have worn thin in the face of staffing shortages, safety concerns and physical exhaustion that have plagued the healthcare industry. This has opened the door to the power of labor’s message. Healthcare unions are actively campaigning on issues that provider organizations are struggling to solve – from compensation to job security, staffing ratios and workplace violence.
As you consider the impact of today’s labor movement, be aware that this isn’t just your father’s union organizer reincarnated in a fresh group of leaders. Much of what’s happening is new: