A Union Drive at Amazon
How a small group of workers in Alabama are taking on one of the most powerful companies in the world.,
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Since its earliest days, Amazon has been anti-union, quashing any attempt by workers to organize.
So, when a group of warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., decided they wanted a union, it seemed unlikely that they would succeed. But then their campaign gathered pace, with support from football players, actresses, Senator Bernie Sanders and even President Biden.
A vote this week will determine whether they succeed.
We look at how this effort came together and what it means for the nature of work in savvy, growing companies like Amazon.
On today’s episode
The outcome of a vote at a warehouse in Alabama could have far-ranging implications for both Amazon and the labor movement.
Here’s what will happen after this week’s union vote.
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Michael Corkery contributed reporting.
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