Amazon employees continue to press forward in efforts toward union representation, as company pressures them to stop.
Updated March 12, 2021
Ark Republic mis-reported information on a virtual strike launched by Amazaon workers. We reported that they formed a virtural picket line from March 7 to March 13. As well, they asked their supporters to join a week-long boycott.
In a statement from The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union spokesperson, Chelsea Connor, she said, “The union has not called for nor endorses a boycott at Amazon.”
Currently, employees at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, are voting on whether they can organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Voting for the largely African American staff started on Feb. 8. It ends, March 29. If the vote succeeds, it will be the first employees of Amazon to join a union. But the path to union representation has been hard fought.
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As the country watches Alabama, people still are encouraging a boycott of Amazon. For over two decades, Amazon has worked hard to prevent union organization within its company. Now, with over 500,000 warehouse workers, and 1.1 million employees total around the world, the Bessemer fulfillment center of 5,800 laborers want better representation. If workers gain union representation, labor experts predict a rolling wave of the same efforts in Amazon and in other companies that have stopped previous efforts. In turn, unions are positioned to regain strength in US labor.
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