Union vote at Bessemer Amazon facility likely to be redone

A labor official found Amazon’s anti-union tactics sullied last spring’s election to unionize at a Bessemer Ala. facility. The official recommended nullifying the result and called for a revote.

Joyce Goldstein, a Labor and Employee Benefits Lawyer who founded the firm Joyce Goldstein & Associates, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Amazon vote and why she thinks a revote will be ordered by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB).

She also discussed a new remedy being considered by the NLRB to expand consequential damages for unfair labor practices beyond lost wages. Continue reading

The unionization of America’s journalists

Over the last decade, the American newsroom has undergone a radical transformation, as the revenues newspapers relied on for decades disappeared. This resulted in rampant layoffs, low pay and overworked journalists. As a result, more journalists and newspaper workers are unionizing.

Jon Schleuss, President of The NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the efforts of journalists throughout the country to unionize and the challenges they face in a shrinking news industry. Continue reading

Organizing Amazon employees: Why it needs to be done

Although a recent union organizing drive at an Amazon fulfilment center in Alabama failed, union leaders are calling for more organizing attempts as companies continue to undermine workplace safety and worker rights.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1932 Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Officer Randy Korgan discussed the need to organize Amazon workers on the AWF Union Podcast. Korgan also explained what Teamsters Local 1932 members do and more. Continue reading

Organizers learn from Amazon union organizing efforts

Union organizing picked up in recent years, especially as workers felt mistreated an underappreciated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The momentum has not stopped, as some key drives have resulted in wins for organized labor.

Working Class Perspectives contributor Wade Rathke joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent organizing drive at Amazon in Alabama. He touched on what could have been done differently and legislation that could have helped. Continue reading

Southern workers lead the way in reinvigorating the labor movement

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of unions throughout the country. In the south, the labor movement has been reinvigorated with record levels of organizing during pandemic. As the country emerges from the pandemic, they believe this activity will remain high.

One southern labor leader, North Carolina State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillian, discussed the various union victories in the south when she joined the AWF Union Podcast. She also discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated the labor movement nationwide. Continue reading