Unions have been uncharacteristically slow to stage traditional, wide-ranging workplace strikes amid the snowballing health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Bloomberg Law’s database of work stoppages, unionized U.S. workplaces saw 23 strikes in first quarter 2020, idling just 16,829 workers.
Under the National Labor Relations Act, concerted activities like these are protected for groups of union and nonunion workers alike.
The Carpenters’ union’s North Atlantic States Regional Council led a strike April 6 that idled more than 10,000 carpenters in Massachusetts.
That is why, in the future, unions might be more likely to go the way of Teamsters Local 705.