Despite union wins at Starbucks, Amazon and Apple, labor laws keep cards stacked against organizers

Business September 5, 2022 News
Despite union wins at Starbucks, Amazon and Apple, labor laws keep cards stacked against organizers

From CNN | Business by Chris Isidore, CNN Business

Union organizing has shifted into high gear. But despite successful organizing drives at such corporate powerhouses as Starbucks, Amazon and Apple, it's still an uphill climb for unions seeking to sign up new members.

In recent history, those upstart union wins are very much the exception rather than the rule, and American labor laws remain stacked in employers' favor.

"Employers have the upper hand," said Todd Vachon, a professor of labor relations at Rutgers University. "It's very hard to prove that's the reason they closed. And the penalties are not even a slap on the wrist, it's the wagging of a finger."

Companies also have little to fear in firing employees who are involved in organizing efforts, labor experts say.

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