Over 5,800 Amazon workers in Alabama began a weeks-long voting process yesterday on whether to form a union. If the measure goes through, it would be the first Amazon union formed in the states. A 100-person rally in support of unionizing was held in Bessemer, Alabama, on Saturday. It was reported, “The Alabama workers’ petition doesn’t list specific grievances, but a union-backed website calls for changes related to employee discipline, firing methods, and safety.”
The Right does not typically support unions and has been quiet on the matter.
The Left supports Amazon’s unionization. A letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, signed by 50 Democratic House members, read, “We urge Amazon to take this opportunity to recognize the true value of your workers to your company’s success, and to treat your employees as the critical asset they are, not as a threat to be neutralized or a cost to be minimized.”
“It cannot be overstated how powerful it will be if Amazon workers in Alabama vote to form a union. They are taking on powerful anti-union forces in a strong anti-union state, but their victory will benefit every worker in America. I’m proud to stand with them.”Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Luis Feliz Leon, a journalist with The Nation, stated, “Union supporters and socialists stand in solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. #Unionstrong.” In response to a tweet reading, “A Black women-led group of Amazon warehouse workers is on the verge of organizing the company’s first U.S. union,” Rep. Charles Booker (D-KY) stated, “There is a lot of news about Amazon today, but this is what I care about most. The people are taking a stand, and per usual, Black women are blazing the trail. When we organize and stand together, we are stronger. Unions have always been at the heart of the movement. I love it.”