Solidarity with Bessemer, Alabama Amazon Workers!
Between Feb 8, and March 29, approximately 6,000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama will begin voting by mail on whether to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). The harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouses, along with Amazon’s refusal to adopt measures that protect workers from COVID 19, have pushed Amazon and Whole Foods workers every- where to step up organizing and fighting back.
These predominantly Black workers who have in recent months formed the BAmazon Workers Union, are on the cusp of launching a history-changing workers organization against one of the biggest and most powerful transnational corporations in the world, and its super rich union busting owner, Jeff Bezos. In addition, these workers are standing up to the racist, anti-union laws that suppress labor across the South.
Solidarity from every corner of the labor and progressive movements is needed now to show the workers in Bessemer that they are not alone, that all eyes are on the historic struggle that they are leading. This is especially needed as Amazon ramps up their union-busting tactics.
See below for upcoming solidarity actions in the South. If you would like to organize an action in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of what you’re planning.
Southern Workers Assembly Statements
All congratulations to the good workers who led the ALU to its Labor Board election victory in Staten Island New York. Yours is an inspiring example of rank and file worker self-organization to improve working conditions and change corporate policies. The SWA will...
The second Bessemer Alabama Amazon workers and Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) labor board union vote will be counted starting on March 28th. It comes as a result of the National Labor Relations Board ruling that Amazon’s anti-union actions in the...
SWA Builds on the Support Created by the Bessemer Amazon Union Campaign to Launch a South-Wide and National Social Movement
In late 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama contacted the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to begin a historic organizing campaign at the facility. In January 2021, the majority Black...
In spite of the vote count, important developments have resulted from the Bessemer Amazon workers’ campaign. We applaud the Alabama Amazon workers who took on the world’s second largest corporation drawing thousands of activists into a long-over-due workers’ rights...
On March 16, Southern Workers Assembly co-coordinator Saladin Muhammad spoke alongside Hammer & Hoe author and Alabama labor historian Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley on a national webinar about the BAmazon union struggle. The webinar focused on the central role that Black...
Solidarity for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama fighting to organize their union with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has continued to expand across the country and around the world following coordinated actions on February 20. This is a...
The Feb 20, National Day of Action in solidarity with the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon workers, was a national call to action to support organizing the South. Thanks to the many who organized and participated in solidarity actions. The Bessemer workers launched their...
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, are waging a historic struggle to win the first union at an Amazon facility in the U.S. The Southern Workers Assembly (SWA), an Organize the South Network formed in 2012, has called for a National Day of Action on...
Southern workers send solidarity: We got your back! Organize the South!All eyes are on Bessemer, Alabama and the struggle to win the first U.S. union at Amazon - one of the largest and richest corporations in the world - that warehouse workers are waging. We are...
Upcoming Solidarity Actions in the South
10am – 1pm: Community Canvass
1pm BAmazon Day of Action
2pm – 5pm: Community Canvass
RWDSU Union Hall, 1901 10th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Contact Birmingham DSA at email@example.com
Whole Foods, 3425 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Contact NWA Socialist Alternative at arkansasSA@gmail.com
*March 21* 2pm Rally
Amazon Hub, 8792 Ely Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514
Contact Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gather at the intersection of N. Commerce and Camp Creek Parkway (across from Camp Creek Mall), East Point, GA
Initiated by ATL Amazon Workers Solidarity Network, Atlanta-N. Georgia Labor Council, Atlanta Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Contact ATL Amazon Workers Solidarity Network at email@example.com
Meet at 1pm and Park at 2945 S. Miami Blvd Shopping Center, Durham, NC
1:30pm – Rally at 1805 TW Alexander Dr, Durham, NC
Contact Dante Strobino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-539-2051
Amazon Warehouse, 1656 Old Greensboro Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284
Contact Winston-Salem DSA at email@example.com or 734-709-3411
1pm – 2pm Rally
Whole Foods, 1125 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
Contact Leonard Riley at 843-830-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whole Foods, 702 Cross Hill Road, Columbia, SC 29205
Contact Lawrence Moore at 803-238-0331 or email@example.com
1301 Chalk Hill Road, Dallas, TX
Contact North Texas Socialist Alternative at firstname.lastname@example.org or 774-264-1364
1pm Rally & Picket
Amazon Delivery Station, S Lockwood and Munger St, Houston, Texas 77019
Contact Socialist Alternative Houston at email@example.com or 281-635-5286
*Sun, March 21* 12pm Picket
Whole Foods, 701 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas 77019
Contact Workers World Party – Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-503-2633
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Whole Foods @ the Quarry, 255 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, Texas
Contact Teresa Gutierrez at email@example.com
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