The fight of Amazon workers for union rights has just begun!
Union Busting is Disgusting. It can be stopped!
The PRO Act—Protecting the Right to Organize Act—shields workers seeking to form a union from retribution or firing, strengthening the government’s power to punish employers who violate workers’ rights. It outlaws mandatory meetings that employers often use to try to quash an organizing drive. Workers need the protection of the PRO Act now.
But the PRO Act has run into a brick wall of opposition in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster. Shelving the essential labor protection because it won’t pass the Senate is NOT the only way forward.
President Joe Biden can issue an executive order to activate the basic labor protections in the PRO Act. Moreover, Biden can go even further in securing union rights. How? One, by making union recognition by “card check” mandatory, eliminating the need for an National Labor Relations Board election—a process that gives bosses undue influence in the outcome of the vote. Two, by repealing Taft-Hartley altogether.
50+ March 20 Actions Say: Solidarity with BAmazon Union! No to Amazon Union-Busting & Racism!
From Hammer and Hoe to #BAmazonUnion: A Conversation with Dr. Robin Kelley
Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Hammer & Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression, joined us for a powerful discussion on the historical role that Black workers in the U.S. South have played in ushering in sweeping social change, and how the predominantly Black Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are today carrying that legacy forward.
We were also honored to be joined by Southern Workers Assembly co-coordinator Saladin Muhammad, who spoke to the critical role of the U.S. South in rebuilding the working class movement today, and the importance of developing workers assemblies, among many other significant points.