The start of 2022 has seen a marked increase in union activity at retail and foodservice. Petitions to vote on unions jumped 57 percent from October 2021 to March 2022 over the same period a year earlier. “The pandemic was the wakeup call or the catalyst that has prompted two perspectives: ‘is there another way to work and live?’ and the relationship between employers with workers,” said former NLRB chairman Mark Pearce. “The vulnerable workers — they were not only scared, they were pissed.”
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