Why Instacart Will (Probably) Get Away With Laying Off Union Members

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Instacart has 10 employees who voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546 union, and the company laid all of them off.

It sounds like a terrible thing to do, and it also sounds incredibly illegal. Employees have the right to form unions, and the National Labor Relations Board tends to come down hard on companies that try to quash these rights. (And, under a Biden administration, you can expect those rights to be strongly enforced.)

But the important part of this layoff is below the headlines: “According to the UFCW, Instacart is firing nearly 2,000 of its 10,000 grocery store workers

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