This is a really big deal:
President Biden gave Amazon warehouse staff in Alabama fighting to join a union their biggest support yet, tweeting a video Sunday night saying workers should be able to make their decision in the election without pressure from the company.
More than 5,800 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are in the middle of a seven-week voting period to determine whether they want the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to represent them. Although Biden didn’t name Amazon in the video, he made it clear that he supports the union drive.
“Today and over the next few days and weeks, workers in Alabama, and all across America, are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace,” Biden said.
And he exhorted employers to refrain from taking any sort of steps that might pressure workers from supporting a union.
“There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda,” Biden said.
Biden’s move to weigh in strongly supporting workers’ rights to organize in the midst of such a high-profile campaign was a major break with historical precedent and another sign of his commitment to a campaign promise to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.”
Labor was one issue on which Biden could be expected to be better than Obama, but this goes beyond that: AFCIT FDR never publicly supported an active unionization drive. And let me say again what I said after it was clear he was going to be the nominee: progressives have gotten major victories out of much worse public officials than Joe Biden.