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Unionizing Amazon, Part II

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On October 23, 2021
It turned out that a union vote at an Amazon facility in Alabama was too tough for the union to win. There are many reasons for that–largely the state-employer alliance that allows for massive anti-union campaigning and intimidation from the employer, changing the boundaries of the potential bargaining unit, and other such ways to rig […]
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A National Labor Relations Board hearings office is recommending a new election at the Amazon plant in Bessemer, Alabama due to Amazon’s incredibly over the top anti-union campaign. Amazon improperly pressured Alabama warehouse workers to vote against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and should hold a new union election, according to recommendations […]

The Amazon Defeat

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On April 11, 2021

As expected, Amazon was able to defeat the union attempt at its Bessemer, Alabama plant. A few thoughts on this. First, a lot of people are linking to the Jane McAlevey piece that lambasted the Retail

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“Veritas”

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On April 7, 2021
Amazon’s attempt to sell their anti-union position on Twitter led to any number of obvious ridiculousness and self-owning. There was the attempts to tell members of Congress that workers didn’t actually have to go to the bathroom in packages even though this was in fact documented and easily shown. There’s also the buying of “humorous” […]

The Lies of Amazon

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On March 26, 2021

Amazon’s open contempt for the truth when making anti-union claims is extra special. In anticipation of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s scheduled trip to Bessemer, Alabama, to support the unionization d

The Amazon Struggle

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On March 25, 2021

I was happy to talk to a reporter for America Magazine, which is the journal of the Jesuits, about the Amazon struggle: The campaign by Amazon workers to unionize in Alabama, with a vote that conclude

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The Amazon Struggle

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On March 16, 2021
This is a bit older now, but worth highlighting. The always important labor reporter Stephen Greenhouse has a real good interview with one of the Amazon leaders: Can you talk more about Amazon’s anti-union tactics? They send every worker a few text messages a day. They have inundated their phones. They also do a walk-around […]
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