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We have identified over 1,100 strikes that happened since the beginning of March.

And this article examines trends is from early last year.

We saw some troubling signs in the Bureau of Labor Statistics union membership data released last month, though we made the case that they were far better than unionists expected in the wake of Janus v. AFSCME. But if there were troubling signs there, the strike statistics give unionists reason to smile.

Another key dimension separates these strikes from the large scale strikes of the 1990s: whereas those were largely defensive actions fought in manufacturing sectors under attack by offshoring and technological change, these strikes are clearly offensive actions. A manufacturing strike in the 1990s was, more often than not, fought to hold the line and avoid (often unsuccessfully) concessions and plant closures. Now, workers are using the strike weapon to advance and make gains. In an economy where profits are booming, but workers’ wallets are not, there’s no reason to believe increase labor militancy will decline in the coming year. The upward trend is clear.

What this data should tell unionists is simpler: we’re still on the upward swing, and now is the time to press our advantage. Strike waves can’t last forever; at a certain point, worker fatigue will set in and public opinion may shift. When this one starts to crest—a point which may well be years in the future, if labor presses its advantage now—where do we want our movement to be? If we use our power now, we can both build power and raise expectations for what the movement can and should achieve.
Goranhammer wrote:Sounds like a hell of an argument for a current day Taft-Hartley. There's a reason why unemployment tends to fall in right-to-work states.

My impression is a lot of them have been wild cat strikes and have occurred in spite of laws already in place to curtail labor.

An unemployment rate can be vague in itself as a metric as much as one might use marriage as a proxy for a happy marriage. In Australia I know the determination of employment is so dodgey that it doesn’t properly reflect underemployment and the casualization of the workforce such that someone who works very few hours can be considered employed even though they need a couple of different jobs to get by.
So got to be clear the nature of the metric otherwise it doesn’t necessarily imply a healthy growth.
More than 10 years after the Great Recession of 2007-2009, media stories were reporting a healthy, robust economy with lower unemployment and underemployment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses a single indicator of underemployment, those who work part-time (considered fewer than 35 hours per week) but who want and are available to work full-time (35 or more hours). This proportion remained stubbornly high many years into the recovery, peaking at over 6 percent in 2009, dropping only gradually to under 4 percent after 2016. However, this single statistic has masked the breadth, severity, and persistence of underemployment within the US economy. We create a measure of underemployment broader in scope, which includes any part-time worker who prefers more work hours, not just those who want a full-time job, that we are calling the “part-time underemployed.” Using this more inclusive measure, we find the rate of underemployment to be higher—from 8 to 11 percent, in 2016, double the rate of the narrower BLS measure. Thus, about one in every ten workers in the US labor market were underemployed part-time workers. This figure is climbing again in the Spring of 2020, due to the crisis in labor markets spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report provides clues for the likely incidence and harms of more widespread underemployment.

So I wonder how underemployment might be reflected in RTW states.

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