I quit

MSNBC host Ari Melber on Monday highlighted the outbreak of resignations among American workers who are sick of their jobs or sick of their bosses.

For the first time in a very long time, there is a worker shortage that is leaving companies desperate for employees, particularly reliable or experienced ones.

Because of this, Americans are posting videos, text messages and other notes they've left their bosses on social media, prompting an outbreak of resignations from workplaces that employees say are dangerous, underpaying, have terrible management and other problems.

A record 4.3 million quit in August alone, the Washington Post reported in October.

Workers have been organizing union drives across the country like at major companies such as Starbucks and Amazon, and some union workers have staged strikes demanding safer working conditions, better wages and health benefits. John Deere, Kellogg, Hollywood production workers, Kaiser Permanente, and more.

"The trend, union officials and economists say, is an offshoot of the phenomenon known as the Great Resignation, which has thinned the nation's labor pool and slowed the economic recovery," said the Post report. "Workers are now harder to replace, especially while many companies are scrambling to meet heightened demand for their products and manage hobbled supply chains. That has given unions new leverage, and made striking less risky."

This is widespread, Melber explained. There have been 170 strikes this year as "America's wealth inequality [is] hitting all-time highs."

"People could see co-workers quitting there and in their own life or at work but then in social media," Melber noted. "Now we've covered social media -- it has many cons including for democracy -- but there are pros. People are now using these powers online to amplify how people can make these kinds of moves. Boss moves, by workers."

He cited an economist calling it a "social multiplayer" and citing academic researchers who discovered "workers at low wage jobs historically under-estimate how bad their jobs are... [When] some workers quit and look for better jobs, [seeing that],' whether that is in person on online like I just showed you, 'seeing that could animate co-workers and observers to follow suit and quit.'"

The result, Melber said, is a shift for employers desperate for people to do jobs, which gives people the power.

"So you have this gap of a million more job listings and applicants in August," said Melber. "Applicants about 50 percent more openings than before the pandemic. That shift alone has some companies competing where they used to be in the driver's seat. They are reporting will scrambling to offer new benefits, family insurance, and bonuses which jump from a rarity in just 2 percent of jobs to now 12 percent. Now under pressure, those companies are finding they have to actually value their workers, at least a little bit more. And that shows how this pandemic provides a stress test of how corporate and government policy works."

Melber closed by saying that "greed like power concedes nothing without a demand."

See the video below along with some other "I quit" texts and videos:

American workers getting the upper hand with an outbreak of resignations www.youtube.com

@shanablackwell And here is the video of me quitting my toxic, sexist, racist workplace. ##walmartchallenge ##fyp ##viral ##walmart ##walmarthaul ##walmartfindspart1
♬ original sound - Shana

@itsmarisajo It's like an elephant took its foot off my chest, but I'm also sad. Onward & upward 🤍 ##quittingcorporate ##quittingmyjob ##HelloWinter ##9to5problems
♬ Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine