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The resurgence of unions

Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union-election watch party on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union-election watch party. It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains. To win the changes they seek, like better pay and more reliable schedules, unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a contract. It’s a painstaking process that can take years.

From Starbucks to Capitol Hill, there has been renewed interest in unions across the U.S. This is due, in part, to a confluence of factors. These include changing attitudes towards work, an ongoing labor shortage, and greater worker leverage over employers. We’ll discuss whether the country is entering a new labor movement.

GUESTS:

  • Rani Molla, senior reporter at Recode and Vox
  • Philip Dine, journalist and author
  • Gabriel Santohir, an employee at a Westerville Starbucks campaigning to unionize

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