Headline RoundupSeptember 4th, 2023

Labor Day 2023 Comes as Strikes, Negotiations Continue

Summary from AllSides News Team

Labor Day 2023 comes at a time when several unions in major industries are striking or ensnared in high-stakes contract negotiations.

Delivery: The Teamsters union voted to ratify a new five-year contract with UPS in August, avoiding a strike that could have impacted over 300,000 UPS workers. Roughly 86% of Teamsters members supported the deal, which includes higher wages and protections such as more air conditioning in delivery vehicles.

Hollywood: Over 160,000 Hollywood writers and actors have been striking since earlier in the summer, when the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild or America failed to reach new deals with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

Automobiles: Pushing for higher pay and better pensions, UAW members voted in favor of a strike at major Detroit automakers like Ford and General Motors if their requests aren't fulfilled by the time their four-year contract expires on Sept. 14

Coffee: Born in 2021 amid a push for better workplace conditions, the Starbucks Workers United union staged strikes at 150 stores in June to protest the removal of Pride Month decor at some Starbucks locations.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum highlighted Labor Day, the holiday's history, and current labor conditions as top stories Monday. Some right-rated sources focused more on how an auto workers strike could hurt President Joe Biden's 2024 reelection bid. Some left-rated sources focused more on workers' reasons for striking and the general push for workers' rights.

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