Workers at more than 200 U.S. Starbucks locations walked off the job Thursday in what organizers said was the largest strike yet in the two-year-old effort to unionize the company's stores.
If the UAW strike leads to a win for the union, southern auto workers believe that will lead to a pay up at plants like Nissan and Mercedes.
The Teamsters union reached a tentative deal with UPS, narrowly averting a nationwide strike. Rank-and-file union members are voting on whether to approve the contract.
A strike by UPS workers would likely mean package delays for consumers across the country and it would shake up an increasingly competitive industry.
REI, the shopping mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, has balked at recognizing its newly unionized workers. They accuse the retailer of breaking labor laws, which the company denies.
On Nov. 1, New York joined a handful of places across the country that require companies to disclose salary ranges when they post jobs. But transparency isn't easy.
Unions aren't popular in the South. That's one reason why a labor organizing campaign at Dolllar General stores in Louisiana doesn't use the u-word.
Communications Workers of America, the retail workers' union, said big tech companies like Apple fail to give employees who don't work in an office equal standing and respect.
Strikes and organizing efforts at high-profile companies have generated new enthusiasm for organized labor. But numbers tell a different story. Union membership is tied for the lowest level on record.