Biden has been a union/labor guy for his entire career in Congress….
Maybe not with everything…
(The AFL-CIO head is annoyed at the Biden cancellation of the second Keystone Pipeline)
But generally across the board….
He had been knocked for NOT saying anything about the Amazon workers in of all places, Alabama, who are in the precess of voting for/against unionising there…
Biden has come out with support for the workers there….
“Today and over the next few days and weeks, workers in Alabama and all across America are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace,” Biden said in a video shared to his Twitter page. “This is vitally important — a vitally important choice, as America grapples with the deadly pandemic, the economic crisis and the reckoning on race — what it reveals is the deep disparities that still exist in our country.”
Earlier this month, close to 6,000 workers at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, began voting by mail on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, kicking off the first major unionization effort within the company since 2014. Last November, workers at the Alabama facility notifiedthe NLRB of their plans to hold a vote on whether to be represented by the RWDSU.
Ballots were sent out to employees on Feb. 8 and they must be received by the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office by March 29. Counting will begin the following day.
The unionization effort in Alabama has emerged as a protracted labor battle at Amazon, with the company hiring the same law firm it used to assist with negotiations during a failed union drive in Delaware in 2014. Amazon has also made its position on the union campaign clear to workers at the Bessemer facility, by holding mandatory meetings, setting up a website urging workers to “do it without dues” and, according to recent Vicereport, distributing pamphlets instructing workers to “Vote NO” on the historic election.
Additionally, Amazon had sought to postpone the union election and pushed for an in-person election, which the NLRB denied.
In the video, Biden said it’s “up to the workers, full stop” to decide whether they want to join a union. He also discouraged employers from interfering in union elections….