According to foreign media reports, U.S. President Joe Biden gave a speech on Amazon’s labor union in a warehouse in Alabama. He pointed out that employees should be able to choose whether to join a union without pressure and threats from the company.“Let me be clear: It is not up to me to decide whether people should join a union. But let me be more clear: It is not up to the employer to decide,” Biden said in a video produced by the White House. The choice depends on the worker.”
Biden clearly expressed his position-“There should be no intimidation, coercion, threats, nor anti-union propaganda.” You know, every worker should have the free and fair choice to join a union. The law guarantees this choice,” Biden said in the video.
The recent operation at the factory in Bessemer, Alabama is the largest organizational operation Amazon has encountered in the past 30 years. The company has boycotted the previous union movement and opposed this one. It is reported that the mail voting of 6000 workers started in mid-February and will continue until the end of March.
Biden’s allies in the union have been urging him to participate, believing that he is only talking about his support for the organization in general without using the presidential platform to help them, which is obviously not enough.
“It is very important for the government to show support for union formation in this campaign,” Stuart Appelbaum, chairman of the retail, wholesale and department store union organization, told the media last week. It is reported that the organization hopes to represent Alabama workers. At the same time, Appelbaum is a long-term member of the Democratic National Committee.
Appelbaum issued a statement after the release of Biden’s video, saying: “As President Biden pointed out, the best way for working people to protect themselves and their families is to join a union. That’s why there are so many professional men and women in Bessie, Alabama. The silent Amazon factory is fighting for the union.”
More than 30 left-leaning groups, including the American Economic Liberties Project, Working Families Party, and UNITE HERE, wrote to Biden last Thursday, local time, urging him to publicly support the union efforts.
These groups pointed out that Biden promised to become “the most unionized president you have ever seen” during the campaign. In addition, they also said to Biden-“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make this promise a reality. We implore you to fully support Bessemer’s Amazon workers.”