The labor movement’s push to organize Amazon workers could get a big boost today at the Teamsters convention.
“One of the largest labor unions in the U.S. will vote Thursday on a sweeping plan to organize Amazon warehouse workers and drivers.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is gathering this week for its annual convention and will vote on a resolution that aims to make supporting Amazon workers and helping them achieve a union contract a key priority.
As part of an initiative called ‘The Amazon Project,’ the Teamsters plans to create a special Amazon division within its ranks that will fund and assist workers with organizing, according to a copy of the resolution, which was previously reported on by Vice. The resolution is expected to pass.
Amazon declined to comment. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently acknowledged the company needed to do better by employees.
The vote comes just a few months after a failed effort to unionize one of Amazon’s warehouses in Alabama. In April, workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted overwhelmingly against unionization, with fewer than 30% of the votes tallied in favor of joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.”
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