Solidarity - Amazon Workers Unionize
February 9, 2021
Monday February 7, the National Labor Relations Board mailed ballots to 5,805 Amazon workers at the Amazon Alabama facility. The outcome of the vote will determine if the workers want the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to represent them. This is a historic first step for advancing the labor agenda and improving the working conditions of thousands of employees.
If the organizing drive is successful, this could spark a chain reaction to unionize the 400,000 operational staff at the hundreds of Amazon location across the nation. We, alongside our sisters and brothers across the country know first-hand the benefits and protections of our Union. WE decide our priorities, and we come together and negotiate with management making the improvements we need to see.
Despite the Union Strong push, Amazon management is not going quietly. They are fueling a massive anti-union agenda and pressuring workers against voting “YES”. Even before the pandemic the company faced accusations of poor working conditions, including inadequate bathroom breaks, overheated facilities and overly aggressive performance targets for workers. The often times impossible standards lead many workers to face discipline or even termination. The Alabama facility employees are predominantly African American. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said, “We see this as much as a civil rights struggle as a labor struggle”.
We stand in solidarity with the workers at Amazon and will fight with them for their right to representation.