President Joe Biden considers himself a union member”From belt buckle to sole, As he likes to say. In the campaign, policy suggestionBiden made it clear that he believes that if more American workers carry union cards, the lives of all American workers will be better. Some of the actions he took in the early days of his tenure supported unions and collective bargaining.
But with Amazon workers now voting in a warehouse in Alabama, the most high-profile union election in years, the White House has avoided supporting union organizations there. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has not caused relative silence from the government, which wants to represent workers at the fulfillment center of the retail giant in Bessemer, Alabama.
RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in an interview with HuffPost: “I think it is important for the government to show support for union organizations in this campaign.”
Amazon does not have any union warehouses in the United States and wants to maintain this status. The company launched an aggressive counterattack campaign to discourage approximately 6,000 workers from participating in the seven-week mailing election to join RWDSU.Amazon’s anti-union message even follows workers Enter the bathroom, The poster urged them to vote “no.”
Retailers’ captive meetings and anti-union literature attracted condemnation from Democrats in the House and Senate, as well as some criticism from the White House.Biden Tweet In early February, the US government’s policy was to encourage collective bargaining, and employers should ensure that workers have “Free and fair choice to join a union. ”
However, he did not call out Amazon’s name.
Erica Iheme, who is a native of Birmingham and the head of the Southern Region Jobs moved to the United States, said: “This is an opportunity for him to take root. The organization is committed to improving the quality of work in Alabama.” “He can say, ‘This is the position of our government.'”
Reuters Reported Earlier this month, labor leaders tried to win the support of White House officials.
This is the largest election campaign in years, and for the government, this is an important opportunity to show employees that are important to them.
Stuart Appelbaum, President of RWDSU
The president’s supportive tweets may not affect any votes among workers. But this may bring companies like Amazon to the attention of potential retaliation incidents and make strong statements about government values. This will also set a new benchmark for Democratic presidents when they openly support unions that are often taken for granted by the Democratic Party.
The Barack Obama era also saw large-scale union elections, but the former president has always maintained a unique position. Obama did not publicly support the failed efforts of the American Federation of Auto Workers to merge a vehicle factory in Tennessee in 2014. Since Volkswagen is a foreign car manufacturer in the South, this is the most closely watched election in years.
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It is understandable that even a sympathetic president must remain silent. The president’s support may not help, and the government may not want to be seen as having the upper hand in scale. The National Labor Relations Commission is an independent agency appointed by the President to oversee trade union elections in the private sector. The board of directors may ultimately have to decide whether anyone has violated the law in the Amazon general election, or even issue an order.
However, our revolutionary executive director Joseph Geevarghese (Joseph Geevarghese) was a progressive organization created by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential campaign. He argued that Biden was directly responsible Condemned Amazon’s anti-union efforts. He said this would make an important symbolic statement that the way Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers symbolized the “open season for unions.”
“The truth is, this is bigger than Amazon.” Givaghis Say.
Jeff Hauser, director of the Revolving Door Project, the executive branch regulator, said the Obama administration is responding to a large-scale economic and public health crisis, but it should still take time to condemn Amazon’s anti-union Strategy.
Hauser said: “The president who is firmly committed to the labor movement can and should urge Amazon to withdraw from the ranks of destroying workers’ democracy.” He said that even if this support fails in the end, “the connection between workers and the president will not be Weakened, but actually strengthened.”
This is his chance.
Erica Iheme, Jobs moves to the United States
Biden’s possible concerns about joining the union election did not deter some famous Republican politicians who appeared before him. During the UAW campaign at Volkswagen, former Senator Bob Cork (R-Tenn.) Ensure more work If the worker rejects the union, he is in the factory. The then governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, also urged workers to reject unions, saying that this would force the company to abandon plans to expand.
When asked why Biden refused to clearly support the Amazon union movement, the White House spokesperson reiterated the president’s general position, saying that he encouraged union organization and collective bargaining, and urged employers not to launch anti-union movements. Biden called for increased penalties for companies that illegally disrupt trade unions, including other major labor law reforms.
Biden may have so far raised the expectations of progressives through his pro-union actions. In an unprecedented move on the day of the inauguration, Biden fired the National Football League (NLLB) General Counsel Peter Robb appointed by Trump, and the Labor Party regarded him as a strong anti-union union . In Robb’s position, he nominated Jennifer Abruzzo, an American communications worker lawyer, and won praise from the union.
The anti-union strategy adopted by Amazon is very common among American employers. Many union supporters hope to see more politicians stop and humiliate those practices through bullying the forum.
Earlier this month, 13 Democratic senators led by Senators Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Cory Booker (New Jersey) urged Amazon to “obey the law” and called Amazon’s efforts to persuade “shameful. Democrats in the Fifty House of Representatives led by Representative Andy Levine (Michigan) also sent a similar letter to the company.
RWDSU’s Appelbaum said he was satisfied with the number of signatories on these letters, but he admitted that adding more names would be good.
He said: “I’m talking about Democrats who have not yet signed, they must consider signing immediately or reconsidering why they call themselves Democrats.”
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