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Research topic on labor unions: Market Basket strike

In an unprecedented case, the 99% went on strike to help a 1 percenter get his job back. Good research paper topics for your business, economics or labor relations class could involve the case of the New England-based grocery store chain Demoulas Market Basket, which was paralyzed by striking workers demanding that their CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, be reinstated. Labor unions are nervous as non-union Market Basket employees were able to accomplish their goal on their own.

Non-labor unions rally outside a Market Basket, July 25, 2014. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Non-labor unions rally outside a Market Basket, July 25, 2014. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Business at the 71-store Market Basket was reduced to a trickle after non-union warehouse workers, clerks, and even store managers walked off the job, picketed, and discouraged customers from shopping at the store. Read more

UAW loss in Tennessee—College student research on today’s organized labor unions

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the UAW union. Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the UAW union. Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

The need for labor unions today, as well as what purpose they serve, has been called into question in recent years. There has been a strong decline in the power and size of organized labor groups during the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st century. But according to Questia’s section on labor unions, the history of organized labor was once very strong and has been in existence since the early days of the United States, and there is much to be studied and researched about the groups who shaped the country’s economy and business landscape. What is behind the decreasing influence of labor unions today, such as the recent loss in Tennessee by the United Auto Workers Union, or UAW — and can they recover? Read more