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Marco Rubio backs Amazon union push, cites company’s ‘culture wars’

Amazon warehouse employees in Alabama obtained a shock ally in US Sen. Marco Rubio, with the conservative lawmaker revealing on Friday that he helps their efforts to unionize.

The Republican senator from Florida published an op-ed in USA Today that accused Amazon of waging “a war against working-class values” as he threw his help behind the employees in Bessemer, Ala. who’ve been voting since February on whether or not to arrange a distribution facility there. 

Rubio blasted the Seattle-based e-tailing big and its billionaire boss, Jeff Bezos, for attempting to attraction to conservatives’ conventional rejection of labor unions even because it sides with liberals on cultural points.

“For decades, companies like Amazon have been allies of the left in the culture war,” he mentioned. “But when their bottom line is threatened they turn to conservatives to save them.”

Specifically, Rubio mentioned Amazon has used its heft to “crush small businesses” and ban conservative books from its web site and conventional charities from taking part in its Amazon SmileProgram.

Earlier this month, 4 members of Congress together with Rubio wrote to Amazon about its transfer to yank “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” a e-book revealed by the conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson in 2018, however which lately disappeared from Amazon’s web site, Kindle retailer and Audible audiobook platform.

Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessamer, Alabama, where workers are voting on whether to unionize.
Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessamer, Alabama, the place employees are voting on whether or not to unionize.
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This week, Amazon defended its choice, saying it did so as a result of the e-book frames the LGBTQ identification as a psychological sickness. The legislators had beforehand complained in regards to the transfer, saying that Amazon solely removes issues that liberals discover offensive.

In attacking Amazon’s labor practices, Rubio additionally cited his reminiscences as a younger boy strolling the picket line together with his father, who was a lodge bartender in Las Vegas. Rubio mentioned his expertise instilled in him the concept that “all workers deserve respect” and that Amazon views its staff as “cog in a machine.”

In his push for employees, Rubio joins president Biden who earlier this month launched a video on his social media account expressing his help for the workers in Bessemer with out particularly mentioning Amazon by title, however clearly stating that they’ve a proper to vote with out interference from their employer.

In an announcement Friday Amazon mentioned, “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.”

Amazon launched an internet site — doitwithoutdues.com — geared toward discouraging its staff from organizing. One of the taglines on the positioning is “Vote Now and Vote No.”

The push to arrange Amazon’s Alabama warehouse is being led by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. On Friday, RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum welcomed Rubio’s help, saying it “demonstrates that the best way for working people to achieve dignity and respect in the workplace is through unionization. This should not be a partisan issue.”

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