The Teamers voted Thursday to make backing Amazon staff a key focus of their worldwide union.
Members authorized a decision that makes defending and supporting Amazon workers a high precedence for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which may even type a particular division devoted to that aim.
“Amazon workers face dehumanizing, unsafe and low-pay jobs, with high turnover and no voice at work,” Randy Korgan, the Teamsters national director for Amazon, said in a statement announcing the vote’s outcome. “Amazon workers are calling for safer and better working conditions and with today’s resolution we are activating the full force of our union to support them.”
Amazon’s labor practices have drawn specific scrutiny within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when some advocates, workers and and lawmakers mentioned Amazon staff have been overworked and denied sufficient wages and protections to safeguard their well being.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted in April on whether or not to affix the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, however the proposal was overwhelmingly rejected.
That end result was praised by Amazon and a few enterprise teams, however labor advocates said the Bessemer vote illustrated the pressures placed on workers to discourage them from becoming a member of a union.
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