Mar 3, 2021
At this very moment, one of the most historic union drives of
our era is taking place at the Amazon fulfillment center in
Bessemer, Alabama. Around 5,800 workers at the facility, the
majority of whom are Black, are currently voting on whether or not
to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union
(RWDSU). If they are successful, the workers in Bessemer would
become the first unionized Amazon workforce in the United States,
and Amazon is pulling out all the stops to keep that from
happening. We got to sit down with Jennifer Bates, one of the
fulfillment center workers in Bessemer, to talk about her working
conditions and about why this union vote is so important.
Additional links/info below...
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- Democracy Now!, "“David
vs. Goliath”: Warehouse Workers in Alabama Fight Amazon for the
Right to Unionize"
- Alex Press, Jacobin, "The
Alabama Amazon Union Drive Could Be the Most Important Labor Fight
in the South in Decades (An Interview with Michael
- The Valley Labor Report, "February
6th 2021, Full Episode RWDSU Amazon Campaign
- Steven Greenhouse, The Guardian, "'We
Deserve More': An Amazon Warehouse’s High-Stakes Union
- Luis Feliz Leon, The American Prospect, "Union
Solidarity on Eve of Historic Amazon Warehouse
- Kris LaGrange, UCOMM Blog, "Meet
Amazon's Union Busters"
- Jay Greene, The Washington Post, "Amazon’s
Anti-Union Blitz Stalks Alabama Warehouse Workers Everywhere, Even
- Lauren Kaori Gurley, Vice, "Amazon
Sends ‘Vote NO’ Instructions to Unionizing Employees, Tells Them to
Use New Mailbox"
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- Jules Taylor, "Working People theme song"
- Benjamin Banger, "June"