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In recent weeks there have been strikes and labor protests in various companies in the United States, more than 1,000 workers at the Kellogg’s plant are in their seventh week on strike, there are also ongoing work stoppages by coal miners in Alabama.
Additionally, healthcare workers in Northern California are also on strike. John Deere came to an agreement with 10,000 workers who was unemployed, as was Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York.
Kellogg’s has four plants – workers are demanding an end to a two-tier pay structure the union granted in 2015 that pays new hires lower wages indefinitely.
The common denominator in the multiple protests has to do with the fact that the working class seeks that employers guarantee better salary and benefits conditions in order to have better living conditions.
Due to the shortage of workers, employers cannot afford to disregard the demands of the workforce, and refusing to do so would delay the production of goods and services throughout the country. Therefore, experts assure that it is time for employees to improve working conditions.
“Workers definitely have more influence in the job market because employers need to hire,” Johnnie Kallas, project director for the Labor Action Tracker at Cornell University, told BCS. “They don’t have enough staff and therefore the workers have more bargaining power.”
Despite the fact that the number of jobs in the country has been on the rise, many people refuse to return to work activities, as they seek favorable conditions, for this reason many companies have had to increase minimum wages and benefits.
In this sense, a large number of entrepreneurs in the service, hospitality and restaurant industries have increased their employees’ wages to $ 15 an hour and there are even companies that support childcare, so that workers do not resign from their jobs, as well as to attract more workforce.
This week, the government headed by President Joe Biden announced that workers in the government structure will receive a guaranteed minimum wage of $ 15, and government suppliers will also have to pay such compensation.
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