COVID-19 dominates 2020 labor news headlines

While COVID-19 dominated headlines, much happened in the world of labor in 2020. Some good things and some bad, which led to various outcomes and a hope for the year to end.

Mark Gruenberg of Press Associates Union News wrapped up the headlines of 2020 and looked at what is ahead for 2021 on the New Years Eve edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

COVID-19 dominates headlines

COVID-19 was without a doubt, the biggest story of 2020. It dominated the headlines for every sector, including labor.

Gruenberg looked back on the healthcare workers, who were desperately pleading for personal protective equipment as the pandemic began. He said these workers bravely fought and continue fighting the pandemic with insufficient PPE.

The pandemic also led to new calls for workforce organizing. Amazon employees in Alabama worked for a union contract, while other vital workforces staged walkouts until their demands were met.

Looking ahead

There is much to look forward to in 2021, according to Gruenberg. First is the runoff election in Georgia, where two U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs and the Senate majority at stake.

He also discussed what he would like to see from President-elect Biden. Most importantly is an infrastructure bill, which will provide thousands of good paying, union jobs throughout the country.


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