‘Treating us like robots’: Amazon workers seek union

by Jeremy

Who said she is out of leave after developing tendonitis. This week, Amazon workers and union advocates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, made a last-minute push as voting comes to a close in the high-stakes union battle. If organizers are successful, it could lead to a chain reaction of other unionization pushes at Amazon facilities. It would be another loss for organizers hoping to win a rare labor victory in the Deep South if voted down.

Amazon is fighting the union. The company argues the warehouse created thousands of jobs with an average pay of $15.30 per hour — more than twice the minimum wage in Alabama. Workers also get health care, vision, and dental insurance benefits without paying union dues, the company said.

Sanders spoke at a union rally in Birmingham on Friday, saying a labor victory against the tech and retail giant owned by the wealthiest person in the world — and in a historically anti-union state — would resonate across the country. What you are doing here is historical because all over this country, people are sick and tired of being exploited, ill, and tired of not having the dignity they deserve. And your message to people all over this country is to stand up and fight back,” Sanders said. This country belongs to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. Ahead of Sanders’ visit, Amazon CEO Dave Clark tweeted that they “actually deliver” a progressive workplace with a $15 hourly minimum wage and good health benefits that Sanders said he supports.

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