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Labor Action Tracker 2022

Johnnie Kallas,Kathryn Ritchie,Eli Friedman ILR School
2022 was yet another important year for the US labor movement, with organizing victories at major private employers and an increase in strikes across the country from the prior year.

ILWU, ITF Secure Wages, Safety of Asian Seafarers in Tacoma

the Stand
“Seafarers are an invisible link in the global chain and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation,” Faker said. “Workers in the Port of Tacoma were not going to let this vessel go anywhere while these workers’ lives were in peril.”

Which Workers Are “Strategic” To Organize?

Eric Dirnbach Jacobin
Two key questions confront labor: should unions focus on organizing workers with major strategic leverage in the economy? Or should they welcome any workers willing to fight, since that organizing can constitute a major catalyst for other workers?

It Looks Like a Strippers’ Union Is About To Become a Reality

Dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in Los Angeles have received positive signs from the NLRB, which bodes well for their contested union drive. If all goes as expected, they will be the only unionized strippers in the country.

What the Hard-Won HarperCollins Union Contract Means for the Future of Books

Constance Grad Vox
“I’m feeling in shock, to be honest. It hasn’t quite hit me yet and I don’t think I’ll fully believe it until we’ve ratified,” And until I’ve hugged and cried in joy with my fellow strikers. But excited and nervous to get back to work! And to see the ripples this has across the industry.” Almost 250 workers had been on strike for 66 days.