WASHINGTON – Days after Warehouse Workers on Staten Island opposed Amazon and successfully formed a labor union, President Boyd on Wednesday threw his support behind workers and championed their cause.
In comments to the Union Trade Workers’ National Conference, Mr. Biden spoke directly with one of the world’s most powerful companies and defended the right to an alliance of employees. “The choice of joining the union is the labor of the single,” he said during a remarks at the National Conference of the Building Trade Unions of North America. “By the way, Amazon, here we come. Look.”
Jane Sackie, White House press secretary, said the president was simply expressing his long-standing support for collective bargaining and unions.
“What he was not doing is sending the message that he or the US government is directly involved in any of these efforts or that any good will be taken,” Ms Saki said.
Still, the comments were most clear on Amazon from Mr. Boyden, who called himself the “most pro union president” and has long indicated that he rejects the company’s efforts to unite its workers. Attempts to stop. Last year, Mr. Biden expressed his support for warehouse workers who are trying to unite the Amazon warehouse in Alabama. But at that time, the president didn’t call the company by name.
An historic victory for unionization on Amazon
Workers on an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island have won a major victory for organized labor in a single generation.
“Let me be really clear: It is not up to me to decide whether anyone should join the union,” he said in a straightforward camera address posted on the White House Twitter page, following a pressing campaign by the pro. Union groups urged her to weigh in on the drive. “But let me be even more clear: it is not up to an employer to make a decision.” There the workers voted against forming a union. Amazon also says workers have the right to decide to unionize, but the National Labor Relations Board has filed several lawsuits saying the company wrongly intervened in their favor. Amazon denies that.
The success of Unionization Drive on Staten Island Warehouse – the only Amazon fulfillment center in New York City – has taken many by surprise. Employees cast 2,654 votes to represent the Amazon Labor Union and against the 2,131, the union won by more than 10 percentage points, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
Victory comes at a critical juncture for the labor movement. Despite the increase in public approval for the labor union, and the pockets of high labor demand and successful labor activities, the share of American workers in the union decreased by 10.3 percent last year, the lowest rate in decades.
Critics – including some labor officials – say traditional unions have failed to devote enough resources to organizing campaigns, and they often bet on wrongdoing.
Amazon is expected to aggressively resist the union’s victory. An unsigned statement on its corporate blog states, “We are disappointed with the election results in Staten Island because we believe that a good relationship with the company is best for our employees.”
Amazon went on to spray jobs during the outbreak, which gave employees a growing sense of power while raising concerns about workplace safety. It now has 1.6 million employees globally but has been affected by a major turnover. T was the subject of a New York Times investigation last year on the Staten Island warehouse, known as JFK8, that revealed many of its problems – including unexpected shootings and sky-highs – on Amazon’s job model. Was more widely symbolic.
The National Labor Relations Board is pursuing cases in administrative and federal court where it says Amazon has violated workers’ organizational rights. Amazon’s main answer to the union’s victory was that it believed the agency had lost its focus and was actively helping the union rather than neutral arbitration.
But the agency said its actions against Amazon were in line with Congress’ mandate to enforce labor rights.
Katie Rogers Report from Washington, and The way of doing From Seattle. The name Sheber Contributed from Chicago.