Labor Notes # 497

cartoon where boss is angry because workers suggested firing management instead of concessions

We know they’re coming: bosses are going to be pushing for concessions. Many employers are facing financial pain. Tax revenue is missing in cities and states; hotels, restaurants, airlines, and universities are all hurting.

Other union employers are doing just fine, of course: UPS comes to mind, and supermarkets.

cartoon depicting sales stand of concessions

As union members return to their jobs, employers will ask them to open their contracts and take concessions.

They probably won’t be called “concessions” this time; employers’ demands for wage cuts and work rule changes will just be “common sense.” “We’re all suffering so we should all sacrifice,” we’ll be told. To save your job, your employer needs your cooperation.

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