Thanks to Union Pressure, Democrats May Crack Down on Consultants’ Union-Busting

The Democratic Party’s governingAfter backlash, a body is said to be considering a plan to ban its consultants from anti-union activities. revelations that Amazon hired Global Strategy Group — a prominent Democratic polling firm — to assist its union-busting campaign in New York City.

Politico reported Tuesday that “a union-drafted addendum to any contract between a Democratic Party political committee and a consultant would forbid the consultant — or any of its parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates — from participating in an array of activities involving unions,” including “union-busting, aiding an employer in a labor dispute, or lobbying against union-backed legislation.”

A spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) told the outlet that it is “in the process of reviewing the proposal,” but Politico noted that “union officials indicated it was a sure thing.”

Liz Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, issued a statement welcoming “Democratic Party committees’ decision to amend their contract and [request for proposal] processes in light of reporting that GSG had been working for Amazon as they sought to defeat the recent organizing drive.”

“By amending their contracts and RFP processes to exclude firms actively working with clients who seek to prevent or limit working people’s basic rights to act collectively or otherwise act against their interests as union members, the committees demonstrate their commitment to democracy and shared prosperity,” Shuler added.

Twitter: Sara Nelson, president of Association of Flight Attendants – CWA hailed The proposal amendment is a result persistent worker organizing.

“Start in the workplace and the politics will follow,” Nelson wrote. “This is happening because workers are taking hold of our power. Every worker who has acted in solidarity with their colleagues made this happen.”

Amazon workers on Staten Island’s JFK8 facility were there a day earlier than Amazon workers scored the first-ever union victory The company is located in the United States. CNBC reported that Amazon “tapped an influential consulting and polling firm with close ties to Democratic political groups to help the company thwart” the organizing drive.

“Global Strategy Group, which served as a polling partner for a pro-Biden super PAC ahead of the 2020 election, has been working for Amazon since at least late last year to produce anti-union materials,” CNBC continued. “At JFK8… and three other facilities on Staten Island, GSG has put together videos featuring Amazon managers and executives, and has distributed flyers to staffers. Amazon has delivered anti-union presentations that workers have been required to sit through at meetings, which were often attended by representatives from GSG.”

“GSG employees have also been monitoring the social media accounts of Amazon Labor Union organizers,” CNBC This refers to the worker-led union that spearheaded JFK8’s organizing campaign.

GSG has been a long-standing partner of the Democratic Party. GSG previously provided campaign services for Sens. Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.) & Kirsten Gillibrand, (D.N.Y.). Jen Psaki is White House Press Secretary. walked back some of President Joe Biden’s supportive comments about the Amazon unionization push, worked for GSG a decade ago.

As The Intercept’s Alex Weatherhead documented last month, “GSG’s partnerships have included numerous corporations with a vested interest in government regulation,” including Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, and Goldman Sachs.

News that Amazon — which spent $4.3 million on anti-union consultants last year — hired GSG to bolster its aggressive union-busting effort sparked outrage, with critics arguing that the Democratic Party cannot claim to support workers’ right to unionize while employing an anti-union consulting firm.

As a response to Politico’s reporting on the DNC amendment, progressives demanded that the party go much further.

“Democrats should ban consultants from not just specifically working on anti-union activity, but also working for actively anti-union corporations,” said Jordan Zakarin More Perfect Union. “Oh, add in every bank and every corporate lobby that actively funds campaigns to defeat Democratic legislation, too.”

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