Workers are trying to unionize in greater numbers than expected in the Midwest

Workers are trying to unionize in greater numbers than expected in the Midwest
A Starbucks barista at the Cheltenham neighborhood location at Hampton and Wise avenues joins a one-day walkout involving more than 100 stores nationwide on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Louis. - Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

ST. LOUIS — In the central Midwest, unionization attempts this year are continuing at a faster pace than expected and are on track to almost match last year's high number. In the first half of this year, 49 private sector workplaces filed for representation in the region, compared with 108 throughout the entirety of 2022, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis of National Labor Relations Board data. The 2022 number was the highest in eight years, bolstered by high costs of living, an organizing campaign at Starbucks and historically low unemployment rates. Unionization attempts are up in the Mi...

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