- Workers have decried poor working conditions in the company’s facilities.
- Over the past months, Amazon has tried to stop the currently on-going mail-in voting.
- Amazon has been on the limelight for firing its workers who advocate for unionization. Last yeChristian Smalls a warehouse worker who had organized for a protest.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama have continued with their unionization push as pressure continues to mount. It is alleged that workers are short break and failure to return to work on time would mean a cut on the pay or dismissal from work. Workers have decried poor working conditions in the company’s facilities.
They are said to have sought for the services of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and are hopeful that the union will prevent Amazon from firing workers without any major reason and push for a pay rise.
The retail union said that many of the Bessemer’s workers are blacks and estimates that 85% of the workers in Amazon’s warehouse are blacks. Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the union has attributed their success in Bessenmer to the pandemic since most workers feel betrayed by their employees who have done so little in protecting them from the virus.
He added that the Black Lives Movement has inspired people to demand for their rights and just treatment. This is one of the biggest unionization bid since the company was founded in 1995.
Alabama is a state where there are laws that don’t favor unions. Analysts have viewed this as a major step arguing that the success would lead to a chain reaction in Amazon’s operation. They said it will lead to the rise of thousands of workers demanding better working conditions.
Over the past months, Amazon has tried to stop the currently on-going mail-in voting. The company filed a motion asking the U.S. National Labor Relations Board to halt the union election.
The company was campaigning for the in-person voting something the organizers rejected saying that it will be unsafe with the global pandemic. The voting started this week and will go on till the end of March.
Amazon has warned its workers against joining unions arguing that they are just after their money. Sources revealed that the company has been having lessons whereby the workers are told not to vote for unionization.
The company argues that it already provides the workers with all that the union promises. Amazon has been on the limelight for firing its workers who advocate for unionization.
Last year, Christian Smalls a warehouse worker who had organized for a protest calling for better working conditions during the pandemic was fired.
Reports indicate that some of the workers who joined in the protest were also fired Amazon claimed that the worker had violated the social distancing measure. Smalls filed a lawsuit against the company and vowed to continue with the fight for unionization of workers.
Amazon, an online retail giant, is the second-largest private employer in the United States after Walmart Inc. It has around 1.3 million people across the world. Amazon has made a lot of profit since the onset of coronavirus this because lots of people opted to stay at home and order for goods online.
In 2014, the move to have the company’s workers vote for the unionization did not bear any fruits since the number was small. Over the years the giant company has continually avoided unionization and has trained managers to spot organizing activity.