Marco Rubio Backs Amazon Workers’ Unionization Drive
Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is backing Amazon employees’ effort to unionize in the city of Bessemer, Ala., in an op-ed released Friday early morning in U.S.A. Today.
Rubio came out in assistance of the unionization effort at a huge Amazon circulation center in the city. Parts of the op-ed likewise appeared in Axios on Friday early morning.
“For decades, companies like Amazon have been allies of the left in the culture war, but when their bottom line is threatened they turn to conservatives to save them. Republicans have rightly understood the dangers posed by the unchecked influence of labor unions. Adversarial relations between labor and management are wrong,” Rubio composed. “But the days of conservatives being taken for granted by the business community are over.”
Rubio included, “Here’s my standard: When the conflict is between working Americans and a company whose leadership has decided to wage culture war against working-class values, the choice is easy—I support the workers. And that’s why I stand with those at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse today.”
Rubio is amongst a variety of Republicans, consisting of Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), who have actually welcomed a “pro-worker” conservatism in the wake of President Trump’s 2016 triumph and subsequent defeat.
“We must…embrace a pro-American capitalism—one that promotes the common good, as opposed to one that prioritizes Wall Street and Beijing—and become a patriotic, pro-worker party that fights for dignified work, strong families, and vibrant communities,” Rubio stated in December 2020.
The Bessemer unionization effort, the biggest in Amazon’s history, is happening with a mail-in vote making up approximately 6,000 employees, started in February and continuing through completion of March. The effort is being arranged by the Retail, Wholesale and Outlet Store Union.
“When Amazon and Jeff Bezos looked at Bessemer, they saw one of the poorest cities in the state of Alabama,” Michael Foster, an organizer for RWDSU, informed The Los Angeles Times on Thursday. “What they failed to uncover is that this was a union city of steelworkers and coal mine workers. … These people know about unions, even though this is a red state.”
Alabama is a right-to-work state where employees are not needed to pay union fees.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.