US Labour crisis worsens as more than 10,000 agriculture and construction workers embark on strike
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More than 10,000 John Deere workers go on strike as labour industrial actions heat up in the U.S.
More than 10,000 agriculture and construction workers at 14 different John Deere locations went on strike at the stroke of midnight after the United Auto Workers union said it was unable to reach a new contract with the tractor company, according to Public Radio from UA Little Rock News Media Report. Labour crisis in the US gets worse as more than 10,000 agriculture and construction workers embark on strike.
Chuck Browning, The Vice President and Director of The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)’s Agricultural Implement Department, said in a statement that their members at John Deere struck for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, United States
John Deere, known for its signature green and yellow farm equipment, said it was committed to a “favorable” outcome for everyone involved — including workers.
The company did not have an estimate for when workers would return to the job or say how the strike would affect its operations, even though Brad Morris, vice president of labour relations for Deere & Company, said in a statement that the company was determined to reach an agreement with the UAW that would put every employee in a better economic position and continue to make them the highest-paid employees in the agriculture and construction industries.
The strike at John Deere is the latest in a wave of recent labour actions that has gotten so large that some are dubbing it “Striketober.”
Worsening Labour Action across the US in 2021
While one expects a slight increase in labour actions from time to time in a democratic society like that of a US, Alex Colvin, dean of the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University said that that current set of strikes definitely is larger than typical that they had ever seen over recent decades. There are other strikes on the horizon worsening labour situation in the US at present
Southwest Airlines Flight Cancellations
There were claims that spread across the internet and social media sites that cancelled Southwest Airlines flights were caused by union strike over federal mandatory COVID-19 vaccination despite the Airlines saying that it wasn’t due to a union or labour walkout, sickout, or strike but the cancellations were due to weather in Florida and air traffic control issues for causing cancellations that reverberated across the entire network and staffing problems that have plagued the industry all summer.
For the third straight day, Southwest Airlines cancelled and delayed hundreds of flights nationwide as it tried to get its operation back on track, according to azcentral News Report
By Monday afternoon, the flight-tracking website Flight Aware showed Southwest had canceled 363 flights, or 10% of its schedule, for the day and had delayed another 1,199 more.
The airline said it is looking to hire 5,000 employees across its network by the end of 2021. In Phoenix, Southwest is hiring for ground operations, tech operations, and customer service roles.
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3 Major Reasons for the Labour Actions and Staff Shortage (Staffing Problem)
1. While some workers have chosen to quit their jobs altogether during the COVID-19 pandemic in preference to working from home, others have been forced out due to the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate as rejecting the vaccine in an expression of their rights of freedom.
2. Many striking workers are pushing for better working conditions, especially demands pay rise and retirement benefits such as the John Deere workers
3. Some other striking workers are demanding for better work schedule and favourable work rules.
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