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Bernie Sanders Says ‘Nervous’ Jeff Bezos Fears Amazon Unions Will Take On His ‘Greed’

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Senator Bernie Sanders taunted the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Sunday night, saying the businessman was “nervous” about Alabama workers unionizing to fight for better conditions and “take on his greed.”

The Vermont independent said Bezos was scared of the union drive at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, because it could give other workers the courage to form unions elsewhere in the country.

Posting on social media, Sen. Sanders said: “Jeff Bezos, worth $180 billion, is getting nervous. He’s afraid that if Amazon workers in Alabama vote to unionize, it’ll give workers all over America the courage to take on his greed & win economic justice. He’s spending millions against this union to keep billions for himself.”

Amazon workers at the Bessemer warehouse pushed for a labor union last week ahead of today’s deadline for handing ballots over to the regional National Labor Relations Board office, where they will be tallied.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Rapper Michael “Killer Mike” Render (L) speak in support of the unionization of Amazon workers in Birmingham, Alabama on March 26, 2021.
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Organizers have complained that working conditions at the warehouse have been tough as a result of company targets and workplace surveillance tracking their performance. If their union drive is successful, it will be a first in the U.S. and possibly open a pathway for organizing efforts at other Amazon warehouses and facilities across the country.

A number of lawmakers have backed the union effort and quickly found themselves targeted by the company’s Amazon News Twitter account over the past few weeks.

In one tweet, the company said Sen. Sanders would “rather talk in Alabama than act in Vermont” as it touted its $15 company minimum wage policy in an effort to defend its workplace practices.

The retail and tech giant also tried to spark a war of words with the progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) earlier this month, hitting back at her complaints that the company was not paying enough tax.

“I didn’t write the loopholes you exploit, Amazon—your armies of lawyers and lobbyists did. But you bet I’ll fight to make you pay your fair share,” Warren tweeted. “And fight your union-busting. And fight to break up Big Tech so you’re not powerful enough to heckle senators with snotty tweets.”

President Joe Biden has also signaled his support for the Amazon union drive in Bessemer. “Workers in Alabama – and all across America – are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace,” he tweeted on March 1. “It’s a vitally important choice – one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers.”

The Liberty Buzz has contacted Amazon for further comment on the Alabama union effort.

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