No Union Says Amazon Employees

April 23, 2021

Imagine your parents have decided to pay you and your sister for completing house chores. For every load of laundry that you wash, fold, and put away, they’ve decided to pay you $1. Your sister is also getting paid $1 for every time she takes out the garbage. You and your sister are super excited about the opportunity to earn your own money and get started right away. A year into the job and you decide that a load of completed laundry is actually worth $2. You go to your parents and ask for a raise. They turn you down and tell you that your friends are only getting $.50 per load of laundry, so you should be thankful that you’re earning $1 for the same amount of work. It turns out that your sister also asked your parents for a raise and they turned her down too. You’re not willing to give up just yet. You and your sister decide to team up and once again ask your parents for a raise. This time, you and your sister agree beforehand that if your parents don’t give you a raise, you’ll both protest by not doing the laundry or taking out the garbage. What do you think happens? Hold that thought …

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Earlier this month, Amazon employees who work at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted on whether or not they should join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). (Side note: a labor union is an organized group of people who work together to fight for better wages, benefits, worker’s rights, and other issues that may arise.) The employees ultimately voted against joining the RWDSU, but the vote itself was big news. Why? Amazon is one of the largest employers in the United States and a unionized workforce would mean a lot of potential changes for both the company and its employees. Prior to the vote, Amazon argued that the RWDSU only wanted employees’ hard earned money. Joining a union wouldn’t benefit employees, it would harm them by having to pay for membership to a group that would be fighting for wages and benefits that they already have. The RWDSU, on the other hand, argued that they’d serve to protect warehouse employees from giant companies and their unfair labor practices.

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Although the votes were cast and a majority of Amazon employees decided not to unionize, the RWDSU is crying foul and claims that Amazon intimidated their employees to vote against unionization. Amazon, of course, denies any wrongdoing. Whatever the outcome between the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union and Amazon, one thing’s for sure, unions aren’t going away.