Congressional delegation visits Amazon facility in Alabama to support union vote

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By Nandita Bose and David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional delegation will visit an Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 facility in Alabama on Friday to demonstrate their support for workers who will vote on union formation.

Amazon, America’s second largest private employer after Walmart (NYSE 🙂 Inc, has no union work in the United States, and workers at its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center would be the first to join if they vote in favor.

The delegation includes US officials Andy Levin, Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, Terri Sewell and Nikema Williams (NYSE :), said a spokeswoman for the retail, wholesale and department stores union, which supports workers’ union efforts.

The last attempt by Amazon workers to form union organizations was in 2014.

On Sunday, President Joe Biden defended workers ‘right to form unions and warned of workers’ intimidation in a video posted on Twitter.

Biden made no mention of Amazon, but referred to “Workers in Alabama” in the video and a tweet featured it. He said every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union and no employer can take that away. “It is your right … so let your voice be heard,” he said.

On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden believes workers should have the right to organize, but he will not comment on specific cases before the National Labor Relations Board.

“We are not commenting on specific cases where it is before the NLRB or could be before the NLRB,” Psaki responded to a question about Biden’s support for Amazon employees.

The company did not respond to requests for comment.

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