This year, Greater Boston has taken part in a national trend of increased union growth and activity as a result of pandemic working conditions and widening economic inequality.
Spurred by the demands of teaching through a pandemic and still facing contract stalemates, teacher’s unions in Massachusetts have been organizing.
Twelve Starbucks stores in Massachusetts have unionized, joining over 200 stores nationwide. The coffee chain joins Amazon and Trader Joe’s in the unprecedented growth of union membership in the service sector.
Not only has the COVID pandemic led to an increase in union activity and membership, but the movement in 2022 is shaped around a more diverse movement with more diverse causes.