HuffPost: Labor Groups And Progressives Urge Biden To Support Amazon Union Drive

February 25, 2021 Media

Unions and progressive groups are increasing their pressure on President Joe Biden’s administration to come out in support of Amazon workers in Alabama who are trying to unionize.

A coalition of more than three dozen organizations sent a letter to the White House on Thursday urging the president to publicly voice his solidarity with the warehouse workers. Co-signatories to the letter included Unite Here, a union of 300,000 service workers; the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents 50,000 airline attendants; and the Maine affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation.

The coalition said the Amazon workers were taking a brave step and “deserve the backing of not just all Americans, but specifically their federal government.”

“One of the most important things a president can do to help working people is to have their backs when they challenge corporate power, providing public support to the idea that Americans have a right to bargain collectively for better working conditions,” the letter reads.

The letter was spearheaded by the American Economic Liberties Project, a non-profit focused on anti-monopoly policies, and People’s Action, a network of community groups. Other progressive groups that signed on include the Working Families Party, Public Citizen, the Economic Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project.