Brian and Jane discuss why unionization efforts failed at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, what it means for future organizing at Amazon facilities and how the PRO Act might impact the national labor movement. Read More
You Better Work! How the mood in Bessemer, Alabama turned from optimism to defeat: Jane McAlevey on the Amazon workers union vote
I appreciate @onthemedia for hosting this important conversation about the critical distinction between “didn’t win” and “can’t win” in Bessemer, Alabama. The conditions in this country are absurdly unfair. Of course it shouldn’t be so hard for workers to form a union. The segment with my interview begins about 22 minutes in. Read More
Blowout in Bessemer: A Postmortem on the Amazon Campaign: The warning signs of defeat were everywhere.
Earlier today the NLRB announced the results of the vote on whether workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., would join a union. The vote was 738 in favor to 1,798 against. It’s bad news, but it doesn’t mean workers in future Amazon campaigns won’t or can’t win. They can. Read More
This is an excerpt from my book, No Shortcuts, pertinent to the vote by Amazon workers in Alabama. This chapter demonstrates how motivation and strategy may have more to do with failure and success across all sectors of workers than previously thought. Most academics have long assumed that organizing the unorganized might be possible only among low-wage service workers. Read More
Silicon Valley’s Offer of Sectoral Bargaining Is a Trick: If national union leaders acquiesce to the creation of a third category of worker in exchange for sectoral bargaining, collective begging will replace collective bargaining.
There is a massive power play taking place right now, being led by some of the biggest titans of industry—particularly in Silicon Valley—who seek to avoid having to contribute to society at all by rewriting the legal status of their workers. The current debate about who is a worker, who is an independent contractor, and who is legally eligible for things like Social Security and unemployment insurance centers around the question of whether state and federal policy makers accept or reject what is referred to as a “third category” of worker. Read More