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January 28, 2021

How Covid is helping to break US unions

By Paul Dennis

28 January

Iglika Ivanova, an economist, re-tweeted an article on US companies taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic as a tool to break unions.

The article further details how lockouts have impacted unions because of the coronavirus-induced unemployment and greater availability of replacement workers.

This has led to protests against employers who have been leveraging the pandemic as an opportunity to mount an attack on collective bargaining.

For example, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 28, filed unfair labour practice charges against the National Labour Relations Board and also held protests outside the Portland Trailblazers home games.

This happened on account of the Portland Trailblazers replacing their unionised crew with non-union workers, to organise their games.

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