A wave of labor disputes this month has prompted the hashtag #Striketober. More than 100,000 unionized workers from across the industry spectrum have threatened to strike or have already begun a work stoppage.
The surge in labor activism comes at a key moment for unions that have lost membership over the past few decades amid anti-union legislation and corporate crackdowns on organizing. The labor shortage is seen as an opportunity for unions to gain leverage in renegotiating labor contracts.
Among the largest labor disputes are the 60,000 TV and film production crew workers pushing for a new contract represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the 38,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers threatening to strike over wage increases for pandemic-weary workers.