Levin Joins Delegation to Bessemer, Alabama in Support of Amazon Warehouse Unionization Effort
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released the following statement ahead of his Friday, March 5 trip to Bessemer, Alabama with a delegation of members of Congress including Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Cori Bush (MO-01), Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Nikema Williams (GA-05) to support workers at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer who are organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU):
“Amazon workers in Bessemer are rising up against enormous odds to demand respect, justice and fair compensation. The ongoing effort to form a union at the Amazon Fulfillment Center is a local struggle. It’s the story of a particular group of workers who felt disrespected on the job and unsafe working for an employer that has extolled its own safety record publicly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“But the organizing efforts of the RWDSU and the workers at the Fulfillment Center speak to broader trends visible across the country. Working Americans have been frustrated for years as they worked harder and made less. As their jobs were sent unceremoniously overseas. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought those frustrations to a tipping point, and the effects are on display in Bessemer, where a majority Black workforce exposes itself to danger to move goods in a moment of racial reckoning for our nation. In a country where workers are no longer free to form a union without intimidation, the workers at Bessemer are a few votes away from forming the first union in the United States at one of the largest corporations on the planet.
“The data could not be clearer: strong unions lead to better wages, better working conditions and a stronger democracy by making elected officials more responsive to the demands of workers. I’m honored to visit Congresswoman Sewell’s district to stand with colleagues in support of an iconic unionization campaign of the 21st Century, because I support the struggle for racial justice, the fight for a safe workplace and transforming America into a land of good-paying jobs and respect for workers’ dignity. We’re going to let these workers know that we are in this struggle together.”