When asked what having a union would mean to her and her coworkers, Bates said it would result in their voices being “amplified” and a “sense of empowerment, “and not just at the Amazon in Bessemer but all over the country.”
While much of the hearing was devoted to the Amazon unionization fight, which will be decided at the end of March, Sanders said “Amazon and Jeff Bezos are not alone” and decried the “corporate greed” that drives income inequality.
Others who testified at the hearing included former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who said unions were important and cited the steep decline in union membership since the labor heyday of the mid-1900s.
Sanders has been a vocal critic of Amazon, while President Joe Biden has taken a softer approach in referencing the union drive. In a statement earlier in March, Biden condemned “anti-union propaganda” from large companies but stopped short of naming Amazon.
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