Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama

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Reprinted from The New York Times by Michael Corkery and 

Players from the National Football League were among the first to voice their support. Then came Stacey Abrams, the Democratic star who helped turn Georgia blue in the 2020 election.

The actor Danny Glover traveled to Bessemer, Alabama, for a news conference last week, where he invoked the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s pro-union leanings in urging workers at Amazon’s warehouse there to organize. Tina Fey has weighed in, and so has Senator Bernie Sanders.

And on Sunday, President Biden issued a resounding declaration of solidarity with the workers now voting on whether to form a union at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse, without mentioning the company by name. Posted to his official Twitter account, his video was one of the most forceful statements in support of unionizing by an American president in recent memory.

“Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union,” Biden said. …

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