Teamsters leaders together with Sean O’Brien, common president of the union, introduced their marketing campaign to prepare Amazon warehouse and logistics staff to the corporate’s doorstep in Seattle this afternoon.
A big crowd marched previous the Amazon Spheres and the corporate’s headquarters towers, filling the streets north of downtown Seattle, and delivering loud chants in protest of Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos.
“Amazon ought to be afraid — the Teamsters are right here standing shoulder-to-shoulder with so many communities demanding change,” O’Brien mentioned in an announcement.
The Teamsters accuse Amazon of mistreating warehouse and logistics staff, and allege that the corporate has illegally thwarted efforts to unionize its success facilities in some elements of the nation.
“The Teamsters aren’t going away,” O’Brien mentioned. “Wherever Amazon abuses staff, we’ll be there. Amazon is not going to bust unions and get away with it. Amazon is not going to churn and burn American staff and get away with it. This corrupt company big should reply to the Teamsters now, and we’re prepared for the combat.”
Amazon, which has repeatedly disputed these claims, issued an announcement on the Teamsters rally and union marketing campaign in response to an inquiry from GeekWire.
“We respect the rights of people to peacefully protest,” mentioned Brad Glasser, an Amazon spokesperson. “And as we’ve all the time mentioned, it’s our workers’ alternative of whether or not or to not be part of a union — it all the time has been. As an organization, we don’t assume unions are the perfect reply for our workforce and our focus stays on working immediately with our staff to proceed making Amazon an amazing place to work.”
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy hinted on the Code convention earlier this month that the corporate would proceed to enchantment to the landmark vote to approve a union at its Staten Island warehouse, saying there have been “loads of very disturbing irregularities” within the vote. That marketing campaign was led by the impartial Amazon Labor Union.
The march by the Teamsters on Amazon HQ coincides with the Teamsters Girls’s Convention, happening in Seattle this week. The Teamsters earlier this month fashioned a brand new division targeted on unionizing Amazon, led by Randy Korgan of Teamsters Native 1932 in San Bernardino, Calif.
There are 1.2 million Teamsters members, together with 340,000 UPS workers. The Teamsters and the Nationwide Affiliation of Letter Carriers, which represents U.S. Postal Service staff, have additionally expressed curiosity in trying to prepare Amazon supply drivers, who work for impartial third-party corporations.