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Thanks Joe Biden. Employees striking is up in large numbers.

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Thanks Joe Biden. Employees striking is up in large numbers.

From the start of 2022 through August of this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has tracked 42 work stoppages of 1,000 or more strikers. Its count shows 33% of those strikes were in the health care industry. That’s up from 24% of major strikes in 2019, the year before the pandemic. The increased number of health care strikes have happened despite health care workers making up only about 9% of private sector union members nationwide.

With the Biden administration controlling the NLRB, maybe the folks think that they have  someone on their side.

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Like a clock, Newsom can be right twice. Newsom Vetoes Bill Offering Strikers Unemployment Pay.

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Like a clock, Newsom can be right twice. Newsom Vetoes Bill Offering Strikers Unemployment Pay.

Editorial-Reuters.

 

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have paid unemployment benefits to striking workers, and had drawn strong support from labor unions and from his fellow Democrats in the state legislature.

In rejecting the bill, Newsom noted that the state’s unemployment trust fund is already nearing $20 billion in debt.

“Now is not the time to increase costs or incur this sizable debt,” he wrote in a message explaining his veto.

The Democratic-majority legislature passed the bill in September amid several high-profile strikes. Hollywood writers ended their nearly five-month walkout 12 days later but Hollywood actors remain out on the picket lines. Southern California hotel workers are also on strike.

The bill would have made workers out on strike for at least two weeks eligible for unemployment checks. The vast majority of states, with the exception of New York and New Jersey, do not offer unemployment benefits to striking workers.

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