This week Amazon employees in Alabama began voting on whether they want to form the first union of Amazon warehouse workers in the U.S.
Past efforts at organizing Amazon warehouse workers have failed, but workers in Bessemer, Alabama, think this time will be different, despite efforts by the company to dissuade them from voting to join the union.
Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Jennifer Bates, an employee at the Bessemer Amazon facility who has been helping organize the union drive.
Statement from Amazon on the Bessemer, Alabama, facility, from Heather Knox:
“We opened this site in March and since that time have created more than 5,000 full-time jobs in Bessemer, with starting pay of $15.30 per hour, including full healthcare, vision and dental insurance, 50% 401(K) match from the first day on the job in safe, innovative, inclusive environments, with training, continuing education, and long-term career growth. We work hard to support our teams and more than 90% of associates at our Bessemer site say they would recommend Amazon as a good place to work to their friends.
“We don’t believe the RWDSU represents the majority of our employees’ views. Our employees choose to work at Amazon because we offer some of the best jobs available everywhere we hire, and we encourage anyone to compare our total compensation package, health benefits, and workplace environment to any other company with similar jobs.”
This article was originally published on WBUR.org.
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