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While Amazon has launched a campaign to prevent the birth of its first union in the United States, the new president of the United States Joe Biden urged workers across the country to form and unionize, while warning those who would dissuade them from doing so.
Without explicitly mentioning them, the American head of state has indeed taken the side of the unions at Amazon, believing that every employee should have the right to join a union, and that no employer could take away this choice. "It's your right ... So make your voice heard!" He said in a video message posted Sunday on his Twitter account.
"Unions support workers, whether they are unionized or not," continued Joe Biden, before adding: "there must be no intimidation".
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"No hierarchy should attack employees for their union preference"
"No pressure, no threat, no anti-union propaganda ... No hierarchy should attack or intimidate employees about their union preference", also insisted the president democrat.
These statements come as a poll is being organized by Amazon employees in the state of Alabama on the creation of a union. The e-commerce giant, the second largest private employer in the United States, had called for a postponement of the vote but the federal agency in charge of unions (NLRB) refused this request in early February.
The Bessemer workers, the first union members?
As a reminder, Amazon does not have a unionized workforce in the United States, and workers at its order fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, would therefore be the first if they voted for their attachment. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
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Such a decision could then encourage employees from other Amazon sites. According to the Financial Times, nearly 6,000 Bessemer warehouse workers "began voting on unionization in February and have until March 29 to return a postal ballot."
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