The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest labor unions in the United States, hasto move forward with a to help push Amazon workers toward unionizing.
Randy Korgan, Teamsters National Director for Amazon,have no voice while working in dehumanizing and low-paying positions. “Amazon workers are calling for safer and better , and with today’s resolution, we are activating the full force of our union to support them.”
The resolution’s main goal is to provide support and “working power” for. Obtaining a union contract is a “top priority” of the IBT, but it will also address the peripheral impacts of Amazon’s businesses.
Amazon isin our country and touches many core Teamster industries and employers such as UPS, parcel delivery, freight, airline, food distribution, and motion picture, and it presents an existential threat to the standards we have set in these industries.
Amazon was not immediately available for comment.
The vote comes just days after Amazon’s majorsales event, which saw deep discounts for many of the , the , and plenty of accessories. Before the event, that Prime Day made more than $3.5 billion for small businesses in 2020.
Last year, Amazonamid the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased online spending. The company increased wages by $2 per hour to entice new employees. However, warehouse than at any other company. According to data from the (via the ), the average number of severe injuries at Amazon warehouses in 2020 was nearly double that of injuries recorded at Walmart, Amazon’s biggest competitor.
In April, Amazon workers at a warehouse in Alabama famouslywith another large labor organization, instead deciding to take matters into their own hands. A vote to unionize could have signaled a change for throughout the company and was even endorsed by President Biden. Still, while that attempt to unionize failed, the IBT is confident in its efforts to help get organized. Our 1.4 million Teamster members, their families, and communities stand together in solidarity with Teamster General President Jim Hoffa. “We commit our union’s full support as they build worker power for a better future.”