Businesses Breathe Sigh of Relief After Amazon Defeats Unions
April 10, 2021
In a defeat for organized labor, workers at a Bessemer, Ala. Amazon facility voted 1,798-738 against unionizing. Unions were hopeful that an affirmative vote could help regenerate interest in the nation’s struggling labor movement. But for US Senator Bernie Sanders, the decision represents a moral victory. “It is extraordinarily courageous for workers to take on one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful corporations, a company that spent unlimited sums of money to defeat the organizing effort,” Sanders tweeted. Only six percent of the US workforce is unionized, and while union participation is declining, some sense a desire for an alternative involving voluntary membership in labor organizations. “You could have representation-only services so that only workers that want to pay to be represented by the union would pay, and they would only be paying for that representation and not also for the political activity,” explains Rachel Greszler, an economics Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
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