Strikes Becoming More Common Amid Inflation, Tight Labor Market

There were 180 strikes involving roughly 78,000 workers in the first six months of this year, up from 102 involving 26,500 in the same period a year earlier. Workers’ demands include higher pay to account for inflation as well as better conditions. A tentative deal brokered by the Biden administration averted a strike of railroad workers that had been set to begin Friday. For employers, the combination of high inflation, running at an 8.3% pace in August, and national unemployment of 3.7% is putting more pressure on labor.

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