Economic Liberties’ Statement on Amazon Union Vote
Washington, D.C. — In response to the results of Amazon warehouse workers’ union vote, the American Economic Liberties Project issued the following statement:
“Today’s disappointing results in Bessemer are a reminder of what Amazon does with its unchecked monopoly power,” said Sarah Miller, Executive Director of the American Economic Liberties Project. “Amazon executives went to great lengths to stymie the momentum workers built for this union drive. They held mandatory anti-union meetings, purged company contact directories of pro-union workers, enlisted public officials to do their bidding, pressured the USPS to install a mailbox that the NLRB had rejected, and threw tantrums on Twitter.”
“Though the vote count stings, the workers in Bessemer should be proud,” added Miller. “They put their livelihoods on the line as they stood up to one of the most powerful corporations in human history – and now policymakers must have their back. The NLRB must investigate Amazon’s illegal interference in this union vote, and lawmakers in Congress must accelerate their efforts to break Amazon’s monopoly power.”
The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.