July 21, 2024

AXIOS: Summer of strikes heats up

It’s shaping up to be a summer of strikes: Workers are walking off the job across a remarkable range of industries from Starbucks baristas to factory workers making parts for jets to Amazon drivers.

Why it matters: The worker activism sparked by the pandemic seems to be increasing, thanks in part to a still-tight labor market and a relatively strong economy.

Context: The strikes aren’t having much broad economic impact, for now, but they could portend even more labor unrest — as all this union activity might inspire others to seek better pay and working conditions.

State of play: Through May, there were about the same number of strikes in 2023 as last year — but the number of workers who walked out went up 80% (see chart below).