2024 Labor Activity in Retail

In 2023, retail leaders confronted various challenges amid a surge in union organizing, notably at Starbucks, Amazon, and REI. This trend persists into 2024, fueled by shifts in NLRB decisions and escalating concerns over employee safety due to organized retail crime.

Notable NLRB decisions, such as Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, Inc. and Stericycle Inc., reshape union representation processes and workplace rules evaluation. Changes to election processes favor expedited union elections, tilting the regulatory landscape in favor of labor unions. Retailers are urged to proactively address vulnerabilities and enhance labor readiness to counteract this trend, as emphasized in the Labor Activity in Retail report provided by IRI Consultants and RILA.

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