A diverse group of Milwaukee area and statewide Wisconsin labor and community organizations will hold a solidarity picket to support Amazon workers Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 A.M. at 2305 N Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee (Whole Foods). Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be practiced.
On Feb 8, 2021 approximately 6,000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama began voting by mail on whether to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). The voting period ends on March 29. The harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouses, along with Amazon’s refusal to adopt measures that protect workers from COVID 19, have pushed Amazon and Whole Foods workers everywhere to step up organizing to fight back.
March 20 is an international day of solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer as well as the U.N.’s International Day Against Racism. A full listing of Amazon worker solidarity events is here: https://southernworker.org/amazon/
The predominantly Black workers in Bessemer who have in recent months formed the BAmazon Workers Union, are on the cusp of launching a history-changing workers’ organization against one of the biggest and most powerful transnational corporations in the world, and the super rich union busting owner, Jeff Bezos. In addition, these workers are standing up to the racist, anti-union laws that suppress labor across the South and now exist in Wisconsin such as right-to-work (for less) and Act 10.
Solidarity from every corner of the labor and progressive movements is happening to show the workers in Bessemer that they are not alone and that all eyes are on the historic struggle that they are leading. This is especially needed as Amazon continues to ramp up their union-busting tactics
Co-sponsored by the Unemployed Council of Milwaukee, Collectivo Union, MASH, AFT Local 212 (MATC), Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement [List in Formation]
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