‘No place seemed safe’: Amazon worker testifies to Senate committee about anti-union campaign


An Amazon worker at the retail giant’s facility in Alabama told a Senate committee on income inequality that the company has pressured employees with “anti-union” messages in bathroom stalls, in text messages to workers’ phones, and during one-on-one messages on the sorting facility floor.

“No place was off limits, no place seemed safe,” said Jennifer Bates, who joined the Senate Budget Committee’s hearing on Wednesday by teleconference.

“Despite all that, or maybe because of it, we continued to build support for the union,” she said. “It’s frustrating that all we want is to make Amazon a better place to work, but Amazon is acting like they’re under attack.”

She said the union drive wants to make Amazon “as good a company for workers as it is for shareholders”.

More than 5,800 workers at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are voting through March to decide their membership in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.



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