2023 Labor Activity in Manufacturing

Manufacturers, like other employers, have faced a variety of challenges this year, including dynamic market forces, recruitment and retention issues, compensation pressures, and increased union activity, such as pickets, protests, and unionization efforts. In the manufacturing sector, the Teamsters and UFCW followed by the Machinists Union and the Operating Engineers have primarily led the union activity.

The year ahead includes new timelines for NLRB representation case (RC) elections, a loosening employment outlook, and the beginnings of pay transparency. Such challenges may impact labor relations. Unions will use these disruptions to further their organizing efforts and to target employers and their employees.

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