A group of labor and community organizations in the Milwaukee area and the state will hold a solidarity picket to support Amazon workers on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. at 2305 N Prospect Avenue (Whole Foods).
The picket is an effort to show solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., Where on February 8, about 6,000 warehouse workers began voting by mail to see if they should be represented by the Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). The voting period ends on March 29.
Working conditions in Amazon warehouses, along with Amazon’s refusal to adopt measures protecting workers from COVID-19, have prompted Amazon and Whole Foods workers around the world to step up their organization to retaliate.
March 20 is an international day of solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer as well as the United Nations International Day against Racism. The predominantly black workers of Bessemer are about to launch a historic effort in one of the largest and most powerful transnational corporations in the world.
In addition, these workers are standing up against the racist and anti-union laws that crack down on work in the South and now exist in Wisconsin, such as the right to work (for less) and Act 10. Solidarity from all corners. work and progressive movements occur to show the Bessemer workers that they are not alone, that all eyes are on the historic struggle they are waging. This is especially needed as Amazon continues to escalate its anti-union tactics. The protest is sponsored by the Milwaukee Unemployed Council, Collectivo Union and the Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement.
The groups seek to promote the importance of unions in the workplace. The past few months have been a whirlwind for service workers in Milwaukee in terms of organizing, especially among restaurant workers. “The real power comes from lending our voice to collective bargaining,” says the organizer.
Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be practiced during the demonstration.
For a full list of Amazon worker solidarity events, visit Southernworker.org/amazon