07 Jul The Florida Times-Union – State of the Unions: Labor movement efforts grow in Northeast Florida
Recently, unions have steadily increased in popularity and membership, especially on the first coast.
Starbucks, among other companies, have been the frontline of unionization efforts between employees and employers. Attorney James Poindexter gives his thoughts on local unionization efforts and why unions are trending among workers in today’s economy.
Mr. Poindexter states in the article, “There are a handful of reasons unions are seeing an uptick now when numbers had previously been declining, and it’s not all because of the pandemic. The wage gap, wealth gap and inflation have made people more interested in joint bargaining for better pay and working conditions.”…”this newest generation seems to be more advocacy and justice oriented,” he said.
“It’s not surprising to me that these unions are starting in places like Starbucks where it’s generally a younger and more progressive workforce. It’s unsurprising to me that that’s where it’s starting. You’ve got this perfect storm with the pandemic, inflation, student loan debt at an all-time high, it’s just sort of a confluence of a lot of things, and of course having more employees makes competition for jobs more difficult.”
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