What We Do

For more than a decade, researchers at The SOC have produced different resources including surveys of workers and consumers and in-depth reports.
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Reports and Policy Briefs
Reports
Primed for Pain

Amazon’s Epidemic of Workplace Injuries Workers at Amazon facilities sustained more than 24,000 serious injuries in 2020, resulting in a serious injury rate nearly two times the non-Amazon warehousing and storage industry, the report released by the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) shows. The report, which analyzes new data submitted by Amazon to the U.S. Occupational…

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NCAA v Shawn Alston et al. Brief

The Sherman Act protects sellers of goods and services, including workers who sell their labor, from powerful purchasers. Gregory J. Werden, Monopsony and the Sherman Act: Consumer Welfare in a New Light, 74 Antitrust L.J. 707, 714 (2007). Senator Sherman himself stated that trusts and monopolies “regulate prices at their will, depress the price of…

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Franchise Rule, 16 CFR 436, Comment, Matter No. R511003

The Service Employees International Union and Change to Win hereby submit an update of a petition we submitted almost exactly five years ago, requesting that the Commission investigate and address long-standing problems in the franchise industry. The Service Employees International Union unites two million diverse members working in healthcare, the public sector, and property services…

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Byrd v McDonald’s Complaint

Plaintiffs, James Byrd, Jr. and Darrell Byrd (“Plaintiffs”), individually and on behalf of all other similarly situated individuals (collectively referred to as, “Class Members” or the “Class”), by and through undersigned counsel, hereby file this Class Action Complaint, based on Plaintiffs’ personal knowledge and upon information and belief as to the Class, against Defendants, McDonald’s…

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Crawford v McDonald’s Complaint

CASE NO.: JURY TRIAL DEMANDED 1:20-cv-05132 Plaintiffs, Christine Crawford, Delores Crawford, Juneth N. Daniel, Yves Dominique, Van Jakes, Ralph King, Keith Manning, Kenneth Manning, Dawn Mussenden, Laetitia Johnson, Carrie Salone, Floyd Sims, Larry Brown, John Mason, Ronnie Thornton, Lisa Gunter, f/k/a Lisa McKenzie, Mitchell McGuire, Lois McGuire, Hayes Ferrell, Yvonne Knox, Arthur Scott, Errol Service,…

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Unions’ Submission to the FTC re Amazon

Our organizations, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Communications Workers of America, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Change to Win, represent millions of working people across all industries and sectors of the economy. In February, we petitioned the Commission to use its power under Section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission…

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PandeMc

How McDonald’s is Failing to Keep Its Workers Safe from COVID-19 Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of McDonald’s employees have continued coming to work, helping the country’s largest fast food chain to consistently operate amid the health crisis. While the company closed 25 percent of its global stores, 99 percent…

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Amazon Worker COVID-19 Survey Data Brief

We conducted a nationwide online survey between April 29th and May 9th, 2020 of 4,348 workers across the Amazon system – including workers in all types of Amazon warehouses, Whole Foods grocery stores, and Amazon subcontracted companies, such as delivery service providers (DSP drivers). This memo highlights the key survey findings. Download Data Brief

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Working at McDonald’s During a Pandemic

McDonald’s Worker COVID-19 Survey Data Brief While over 90 percent of McDonald’s stores have transitioned to take-out, drive-thru and delivery- only operations, McDonald’s employees face serious health and safety risks as they continue to serve the public during the pandemic. Workers report a critical lack of protective equipment like gloves, masks and even hand soap,…

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Cargo In Crisis

COVID-19’s Impact on Southern California Port Truck Drivers The spread of the COVID-19 virus has created massive disruptions in the US economy, while shining a spotlight on the working conditions of essential workers. As millions of Americans stay at home, workers in the logistics and transportation sector take on the burden of transporting essential goods…

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Petition for the investigation of Amazon.com, inc.

The Communications Workers of America, Service Employees International Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Change to Win submit this comment to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice (the “agencies”) in response to the draft joint 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines (the “draft Guidelines”) released by the agencies on January 10, 2020.…

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