Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), will travel to New York and Virginia this Sunday to meet with unionized Amazon workers and Starbucks workers.
Sanders will meet with workers and organizers of Amazon Labor Union (ALU), Christian Smalls, President of ALU, in New York City. announcedFollow us on Twitter Wednesday
“The workers [with Amazon Labor Union] are taking on one of the most powerful companies in the world and one of the wealthiest men in America,” Sanders said. “I’m proud to stand in solidarity with them and support their fight for dignity on the job. See you on Sunday!”
After the face-to-face meeting, an organizing call between Amazon workers and Sanders held earlier this month in celebration of ALU’s recent win at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York. Sanders praised the workers for their campaign, which he said showed that workers are in the midst of waging “a national, sweeping movement” for better working conditions and worker solidarity.
Starbucks workers’ union recently swept Richmond, winning five union electionsIn one day, all of it by large margins. There are currently 25 Starbucks stores that are unionized in the country. More union election results are coming in every week.
These wins are as good as Starbucks’s. Attacking its employees across the country, despite findings from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the company’s practice of retaliating against pro-union workers in places like Memphis PhoenixIt is a violation federal labor laws.
“The movement of workers demanding dignity on the job wins again,” Sanders wrote on Tuesday. “Congratulations to Starbucks workers in Richmond on your vote to unionize! I will see you Sunday!”
Sanders supported unionizing workers at Starbucks, Amazon, etc., especially given the surge in activity in the labor movement over the past year. In February, Sanders highlighted Starbucks workers’Last month’s struggles at a town meeting and in a local election A letter was writtenHoward Schultz, CEO, demanded that he comply with federal labor laws and get out of the way for workers unionizing.
“At a time of growing income and wealth inequality, workers are fighting back and unionizing — at Amazon, Starbucks, universities and hospitals. They are right,” wrote SandersWednesday “We need an economy that works for all, not just billionaires.”
In fact, workers are fueling a renewed push to unions across the country. According to NLRB data union filings have increased By 57 percentOver the past six-months. Unions are growing in popularity in the U.S. Recent poll that 75 percent of Americans support Amazon workers’ fight for a union, while Gallup polling last year found that public support for unions is at the highest level it’s been since 1965.