It was the largest health care strike in U.S. history, according to the Kaiser union. The union is calling for, among other things, higher wages and protections for workers against outsourcing and is threatening more strikes in November “if Kaiser continues to engage in unfair labor practices.”
The United States is experiencing a significantly higher number of strikes and other industrial action this year than usual. High inflation is cited as a key reason for this, as is the fear that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to greater automation and thus job losses.
In the auto industry, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union is on strike action against the three major automakers: GM, Ford and Stellantis. More than 25,000 workers in 21 states are on strike, representing about 17 percent of the UAW’s 146,000 members as negotiations continue.
In Hollywood, a months-long collective strike by writers and actors brought California’s lucrative film industry to a standstill, halting production and broadcast of major film and television productions. Writers have signed deals with major studios and are back at work, but actors are still on strike.
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