“If you succeed here, it will spread”: Bernie Sanders brings Amazon workers together in Alabama ahead of historic union vote

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Bernie Sanders traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on Friday to rally Amazon workers to organize what may be the first-ever union in the retail giant’s history.
“You are ready to stand up and say that every worker in this country deserves to have decent wages, decent working conditions, decent social benefits and to be treated with dignity, not like a robot,” said the senator from Vermont.

About 5,800 workers at the company’s Bessemer, Alabama sorting plant are taking part in a high-stakes vote to determine their membership in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Voting ends on March 29.

“What you are doing takes a tremendous amount of courage, and what you are doing is not just for yourself, your children and your families – what you are doing is for workers across the country,” said Sanders .

A potential union in the country’s second-largest retailer, owned by one of the world’s richest men, could mark a turning point for the American workforce, facing a growing wealth gap and lingering economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic despite the growing fortunes of Amazon and other companies.

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