Amazon warehouse staff in Alabama bought a shock ally in US Sen. Marco Rubio, with the conservative lawmaker revealing on Friday that he helps their efforts to unionize.
The Republican senator from Florida published an op-ed in USA Today that accused Amazon
of waging “a warfare in opposition to working-class values” as he threw his help behind the employees in Bessemer, Ala. who’ve been voting since February on whether or not to arrange a distribution facility there.
Rubio blasted the Seattle-based e-tailing big and its billionaire boss, Jeff Bezos, for attempting to enchantment to conservatives’ conventional rejection of labor unions even because it sides with liberals on cultural points.
“For many years, firms like Amazon have been allies of the left within the tradition warfare,” he mentioned. “However when their backside line is threatened they flip to conservatives to save lots of them.”
Rubio likewise blasted Amazon for utilizing its heft to “crush small companies” and ban conservative books from its web site and conventional charities from collaborating in its AmazonSmile program.
Earlier this month, 4 members of Congress together with Rubio wrote to Amazon about its transfer to yank “When Harry Turned Sally: Responding to the Transgender Second,” a e-book revealed by the conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson in 2018, however which just lately disappeared from Amazon’s web site, Kindle retailer and Audible audiobook platform.
This week, Amazon defended its decision, saying it did so as a result of the e-book frames the LGBTQ id as a psychological sickness. The legislators had beforehand complained in regards to the transfer, saying that Amazon solely removes issues that liberals discover offensive.
In attacking Amazon’s labor practices, Rubio additionally cited his recollections as a younger boy strolling the picket line together with his father, who was a resort bartender in Las Vegas. Rubio mentioned his expertise instilled in him the concept “all staff deserve respect” and that Amazon views its workers as “cog in a machine.”
In his push for staff, Rubio joins President Biden, who earlier this month released a video on his social media account expressing his help for the employees in Bessemer. Whereas the president didn’t particularly point out Amazon by identify, he mentioned they’ve a proper to vote with out interference from their employer.
In a press release Friday Amazon mentioned, “When Senator Rubio says Amazon is ‘waging warfare on working class values,’ does he imply our $15 beginning wage, complete advantages, or the paid parental go away we offer for hourly staff? If he stands with American staff like he says he does, he ought to endorse Senator Sanders’ minimal wage invoice immediately.”
Amazon launched an internet site — doitwithoutdues.com — aimed toward discouraging its workers from organizing. One of many taglines on the location is “Vote Now and Vote No.”
The push to arrange Amazon’s Alabama warehouse is being led by the Retail, Wholesale and Division Retailer Union. On Friday, RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum welcomed Rubio’s help, saying it “demonstrates that one of the best ways for working individuals to realize dignity and respect within the office is thru unionization. This shouldn’t be a partisan challenge.”
This text was first revealed on NYPost.com