Our Biggest Labor Stories of 2022

Sluggish institutions, corporate mergers, billionaires behaving badly: It’s been a watershed year for the labor beat.

In These Times Editors

On September 05, 2022, Christian Smalls, President of the ALU, leads pro-union protestors on a march to the New York City homes of Starbucks’ interim CEO Howard Schultz and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos before holding a rally in Times Square. Photo by Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images

The past year has been one characterized by incredible solidarity, as Starbucks and Amazon workers challenged our conceptions of political possibility and galvanized a resurgent labor movement. It was also a year of taking power to task, from the fearless Warrior Met strike to the militance of worker-led, independent union drives at Amazon, Trader Joe’s, and Chipotle. Below, we’ve compiled our top labor stories from 2022.

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Democratic Rep. Summer Lee, who at the time was a candidate for the state House, at a demonstration in Pittsburgh for Antwon Rose, who was killed by police, in 2018. Lee recently defeated her 2024 primary challenger.
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