On Oct. 11, 24,000 employees of the giant healthcare network Kaiser Permanente voted to authorize a strike over pay and working conditions, while 60,000 film and television production workers are planning to strike on Oct. 18 if demands are not met for their new contract. Workers at cereal maker Kellogg have been on strike for over a week, and in Seattle, members of the Northwest Carpenters Union recently approved a contract after a three-week strike.

While organized labor has been declining steadily since the 1980s, strikes by public teachers and service workers have seen some success in recent years. But Amazon employees’ recent push to unionize showed the limits of worker power, too: Warehouse workers in Alabama rejected unionization efforts in April, signaling a setback for the labor movement.

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