President Joe Biden expressed support for Bessmer, Alabama Amazon employees who are trying to unionize the camp there.
In a video message, Biden said, “We should encourage the unions. So let me be very clear: it is not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union. "
"But let me be clearer: it's not up to an employer to decide either. The decision to join a union is up to the workers – period." Biden also tweeted in support of the Alabama workers.
Union membership has declined over the past three decades. According to a CNBC report, 20.1% of employed Americans were unionized in 1983, down to 10.3% by 2019.
In December 2020, President-elect Joe Biden pledged to be "the most union-friendly president you have ever seen".
Workers in Alabama – and across America – are voting on whether to unionize in their workplace. This is an extremely important decision that should be made without intimidating or threatening employers.
Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union. pic.twitter.com/2lzbyyii1g
– President Biden (@POTUS) March 1, 2021
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Joe Biden has always portrayed himself as a worker. His 2020 presidential campaign began in a union hall in Pittsburgh.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said of Biden: "Joe is a worker. He has a blue background and has never forgotten where he is from."
There are other union members who may see it differently.
On Joe Biden's first day in office, the office of the President of the United States that helped him win by thousands of union voters, one of his first assignments was to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Over 1,000 full-time union jobs and thousands of future and temporary jobs were affected by this move, according to TC Energy.
Biden's climate star John Kerry suggested that the displaced could build solar panels.
At the time of the termination of the Keystone XL pipeline, Trumka expressed disappointment with Biden's decision.
AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka expressed criticism of Joe Biden's decision to withdraw approval for the Keystone XL pipeline on Sunday. This move directly eliminates 11,000 jobs and could affect 60,000 more. https://t.co/RaMFUjsi5U
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 8, 2021
Other unions also criticized the move:
# Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many # LIUNA members across the country. The awaited decision to cancel the #KeystonePipeline will kill thousands of well-paying #UNION jobs! #pipelinesarelifelines #energy pic.twitter.com/p0BxD1vPHV
– LIUNA (@LIUNA) January 20, 2021
"It makes you want to give up." Keystone employees feel left behind by Biden Executive Orders https://t.co/XTDek516ev
– CBS News (@CBSNews) February 6, 2021
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About Amazon …
Democrats love to tell everyone that they are the worker's party.
A brief trip back in time reminds us that not so long ago a young congresswoman named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fought viciously to prevent an Amazon camp from being built in her New York district.
Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blew up the AOC, saying, "A small group of politicians have put their own narrow political interests above their community."
Cuomo said the new camp would have created "at least 25,000 to 40,000 well-paying jobs for our state and nearly $ 30 billion in new income to fund transit improvements, new homes, schools, and myriad other quality of life improvements."
Now AOC is calling on Amazon again – to allow workers in Alabama to join forces in union organizations.
Why didn't AOC fight instead to build the warehouse in NYC and then unionize the workers there?
Amazon workers have the right to form a union.
Such anti-union tactics, particularly by a trillion dollar company trying to prevent key workers from organizing for better wages and decent working conditions during a pandemic, are wrong. https://t.co/nTDqMUapYs
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2021
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When workers vote to join the union, they join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU).
On Sunday, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement: “Thank you, President Biden, for sending a clear message of support to the BAmazon Union staff in Alabama who are trying to establish the first union with RWDSU in an Amazon To bring warehouse. "
Appelbaum continued, "As President Biden points out, the best way for working people to protect themselves and their families is to organize in unions."
According to the Daily Caller, Amazon is calling for its employees not to unionise and to leave flyers in toilets and other employee areas against the organization.
Voting started on February 8th and will last until March 29th.