With the Omicron wave, how will employers adapt and what’s to come for the future of work? The American workplace is restless, how long will we continue to see strikes and labor protest activity continue? Labor shortages are ongoing, will we see the Great Resignation keep up? How will the federal vaccine mandate for private employers shake out? These labor experts are available to weigh in on these questions and more as we start 2022.
On Thursday, votes from Starbucks workers at three stores in and around Buffalo, New York on whether to unionize will be tallied. Cathy Creighton says the Starbucks campaign is a prime example of how U.S. labor law is designed to put business ahead of workers’ requests to organize.
Bradford S. Bell, professor in strategic human resources and director of ILR’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, says employers may walk back plans for workers to return to the office as concern over the omicron variant grows.
Thousands of U.S. workers across numerous industries have participated in strikes and other labor actions this fall. The Cornell-ILR Labor Action Tracker provides a comprehensive database of strike and labor protest activity across the U.S. and these Cornell experts are available to speak to the increasing labor protest activity.
Starting Wednesday, workers at three Starbucks coffee shops in and around Buffalo, New York will have four weeks to vote on whether to unionize. Kate Bronfenbrenner says Starbucks has reason to be worried with Workers United leading the unionizing efforts. Cathy Creighton is also available for interviews.
Amazon recently announced an increase in the average starting wage for their workers to $18 per hour. Diane Burton and Tae Youn Park weigh in on what this change will mean for workers, managers and the broader industry.
Cornell University labor experts are available to weigh in on the increased focus on workplace safety, gig economy growth, unemployment and employee shortages, climate jobs, social justice at work and more.
Russell Weaver, economic geographer and director of research at the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, says while the March jobs report is poised to show continued signs of economic recovery, New York state is still lagging behind the rest of the nation.