Should Amazon workers still organize themselves in unions?

Formation of a union: US President Biden stands behind Amazon workers

US President Joe Biden has stood behind workers at the online retail giant Amazon who want to organize in the US for the first time. "Workers in Alabama and across America are voting to form a union in their workplace," Biden said on a Twitter video on Sunday. That is of "great importance". Workers should not be intimidated, threatened or influenced with "propaganda" against unions.

"Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union," added Biden. The US President made it clear that Amazon employees in the US have the right to band together and fight for better working conditions. However, he did not specifically ask them to organize themselves in a union.

Vote by the end of March

In an Amazon logistics center in Bessemer, Alabama, a vote on unionization began in February and is expected to last until the end of March. The vote goes back to an initiative of the retail trade union RWDSU, they would then represent the employees on site. If the vote is positive, it would be the first Amazon site ever to be represented by a union.

Amazon itself took decisive action against the plans. In the logistics center in Bessemer, the management spoke out against unions at conferences and on flyers in the toilets. She even set up a website where she argues why a union is unnecessary.

Hundreds of thousands of employees

Amazon is the second largest employer in the United States, employing over 800,000 people there. However, the company is repeatedly criticized for its working conditions. In Germany, too, there are repeated strikes and demands for a collective agreement. (APA, AFP, 1.3.2021)