In a presidential first on Sunday, President Biden released a 2 minute video endorsing the rights of workers and unions.
Workers in Alabama – and all across America – are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice – one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 1, 2021
Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union. pic.twitter.com/2lzbyyii1g
This message of support comes after 6000 Alabaman Amazon workers prepare to vote in unionization elections.
Amazon has spoken out against unions, saying they “take your money for nothing.” These elections come after years of records exposing Amazon for unethical practices, whether it be disallowing toilet breaks or low wages.
This has been described as one of the biggest labor movements in recent American history.
A third of the Alabama warehouse’s workers have already signed up, although it is unclear what effect the President’s message will have on turnout.
Obama on unions
During the Obama administration, workers were disappointed by the lack of action on unions. Whilst citing them in his campaigns, he did not condone them in the capacity that Biden has.
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