RWDSU Critics Have Misrepresented the Facts and Missed the Point
Ever since the RWDSU’s election lost to Amazon in the most-watched union campaign in decades, we have heard from celebrity-seeking “organizing experts,” most of whom weren’t in Alabama, didn’t speak to anyone involved in the RWDSU campaign, yet know exactly what the union organizers did wrong and what they should have done in order to be successful. Read more →
First, we must recognize that the overwhelming vote against the union in Bessemer marks a decisive defeat, not to be under estimated. It will undoubtedly have a dampening effect on other workers, especially given its broad media attention, and the high expectations of many. Read more →
Workers at Amazon’s distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama are voting in a historic union election — whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). This is a mail-in NLRB ballot that will end on March 29. Last month, we discovered that, starting in January, Amazon had hired two prominent anti-union consultants, Russell Brown and Melissa Smith of Florida-based Road Warrior Productions (RWP), to assist with its campaign against the RWDSU. Read more →
News that hopeful immigrants continue to be transported across the border under the Biden administration at levels last reached in 2018 makes it clear that the early weeks of the new administration will not bring a policy sea-change. And it makes the essays in the new issue of Labor 18:1, which discuss elements of U.S. Read more →
12 Facts About Morgan Lewis, Amazon’s Powerful Anti-Union Law Firm
Unless the NLRB upholds Amazon’s recent appeal of a mail-in ballot, almost 6000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama (BHM1), which opened in last spring, will vote on whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) between February 8 and March 29, 2021. Read more →
This post was originally published in 2013.
Today, Christmas Eve, 2013, marks the 100-year anniversary of the Italian Hall Tragedy in Calumet, Michigan, one of the most tragic events in American labor history. Read more →
Nat LaCour connected civil rights unionism to teachers’ struggle to build union democracy. A remembrance and evaluation.
The United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO) defy assumptions about anti-union right-to-work Louisiana. As a small, mostly segregated Black local, in 1966, they held the first teachers strike in the South. Read more →
We are glad to take this article from behind a paywall link at the Labor: Studies in Working Class History, and are grateful that Duke University Press will make it free for the next two months. And we are grateful that the authors, Gordon Mantler and Rachel Riedner, have provided an update for us. Read more →