Amazon workers and the labor movement suffered a high-profile setback when the majority of the workers in Bessemer, Alabama voted against joining the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). The loss shows the need for both labor law reform and organizing at a mass scale at the company.
Fix the Broken NLRB Process
Amazon spent millions on an anti-union campaign. Management held captive audience meetings and even bribed workers with cash buyouts to get them to quit.
The defeat showed the clear limitations of trying to unionize through the broken NLRB process.
Teamsters and community groups are working together to support Amazon workers and build up their power and confidence to unionize and win their rights.
Labor Law Reform
Teamsters and other unions are also working together to level the playing field with anti-union employers by reforming our country’s broken labor laws.
We are rallying behind the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—a law that make it easier for workers to organize by ending employer interference and intimidation in union drives.
The PRO Act has been passed by the House and has been introduced to the Senate.
What is the PRO Act?
The Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would make it easier for workers to
The PRO Act would:
- Speed up the NLRB election process
- Prohibit employer interference in union elections
- Impose stronger penalties when employers interfere with workers’ rights to organize
- Ban Right to Work
- Ban employers from permanently replacing workers who go on strike
- Close “independent contractor” loopholes that employers like FedEx use to avoid unionization
The PRO Act has been passed by the House and introduced into the Senate where it faces opposition from anti-labor politicians.