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Unions: Are they making a come back?

Amazon Union Election Objections
Eduardo Munoz Avarez/AP
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FILE - Staten Island-based Amazon.com Inc distribution center union organizer Chris Smalls, center, wearing baseball cap, celebrates with union members after getting the voting results to unionize workers at the Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, N.Y., Friday, April 1, 2022. Amazon plans to file objections to the union election on Staten Island, in New York, that resulted in the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the company’s history. The e-commerce giant stated its plans in a legal filing to the National Labor Relations Board made public Thursday, April 7. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

In Connecticut and New York, workers have been organizing. And they’re challenging big companies to change how they treat their employees. Starbucks, Amazon, and Apple have all seen efforts to unionize. According to the National Labor Relations Board petitions to create union representation increased by 58% from the beginning of October 2021 to June 30th this year. And a recent gallop poll shows that 71 percent of Americans surveyed support unions. Is this the sign of a changing more engaged workforce?


Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research and a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the Co-Director of the Worker Empowerment Research Project (WERN)

Dr. Gregory DeFreitas, Professor of Economics & Director, Center for the Study of Labor & Democracy

Ed Hawthorne, President of Connecticut AFL-CIO

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