President Joe Biden has publicly declared his support for workers trying to organize in Alabama, as have thousands of Amazon workers in the state vote in an election on whether to form a union. In a video posted Sunday night to the White House YouTube channel, Biden reiterated his election campaign pledge to support workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, should now have received their mail-in ballots for their union election, which takes place this month . The vote, which Amazon has sought to delay as it fought for an in-person election, will be the first union election at a U.S. Amazon warehouse in a failure of the effort in 2014 . It will also be the largest US group of Amazon workers to vote on the issue, with around 5,800 people.
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“Today and over the next few days and weeks, workers in Alabama and across America are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace,” Biden said, not to mention Amazon by her name.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Biden’s remarks.
In the video, Biden reminded workers that the choice to join a union is not his or their employers’ choice, but their decision to be made on their own. He called it a “vitally important choice” and warned against threats, intimidation and anti-union propaganda. “Make your voice heard,” he said.