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Grocery stores narrowly avoided a strike, but do strikes work?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Grocery workers will not strike Shereen Meraji/KPCC

The big grocers just avoided a strike with their workers by reaching a deal. Sixty-two thousand workers from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons threatened walking off the job for better health benefits while the grocers countered by threatening to close dozens of stores. We'll hear the details of the deal later today when they get released. This morning we ask: How effective are strikes?

Traditionally, strikes are understood as a useful bargaining tool for workers in negotiations but is this always true?


Harley Shaiken, UC Berkeley professor of social and cultural studies at the Graduate School of Education; specializes in labor issues as a member of the Department of Geography.

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