Bernie Sanders to visit Amazon workers in Alabama to support union effort

Bernie Sanders will travel to Alabama to support Amazon workers in Bessemer, where 5,800 employees at a sorting facility are in the middle of a high-stakes vote to form a union, which could be the first for the retail giant.

He will be joined by actor and activist Danny Glover and rapper Killer Mike during the visit to Birmingham on 26 March.

The union campaign has attracted a growing network of high-profile support, including a Democratic congressional delegation that travelled to the facility earlier this month. Union organisers and workers have also held solidarity rallies across the US.

Workers at the Bessemer plant are voting to determine their membership with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a historic first for the nation’s second-largest retailer that could have ripple effects among Amazon facilities and US workplaces. Voting ends on 29 March.

Though he has not specifically named Amazon, President Joe Biden – who has named himself the “most pro-union” president – has also waded into the union campaign, saying a video statement that “every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union”.

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