ALU Newsletter #12: Start Spreading The News
2/17/2022 update from the Amazon Labor Union in Staten Island
It’s official: the ALU election for JFK8 has been confirmed by the NLRB, and the election dates have been set for March 25-30. There is no turning back now: we will continue marching forward until victory. Amazon has already begun informing workers of the election, telling them directly to “make your voice heard, and vote NO,” to defeat the very means by which workers actually make their voice heard: an independent, democratic, worker-led labor union. As usual, the bosses are breaking the law in their union-busting schemes, and are violating the national settlement that they only recently signed, vowing not to do just what they are doing.
Now is the time to step up: for the next crucial month of the campaign, we need every bit of help from all of our coworkers, friends, and allies to counteract Amazon’s lies, intimidation, and fear tactics, in order to ensure that all of our Amazon coworkers know exactly why a labor union is such a necessary defender of our rights and interests, and why every worker’s active support and participation in their union is so important for its ongoing success and theirs.
Spread the news to everyone you know, and join in the movement however you can. We will be phone-banking, door-knocking, tent-pitching, card-signing, breakroom-occupying, fund-raising, consciousness-raising, and hell-raising until every single Amazon worker knows what’s at stake in this election and who is really on their side. We encourage everyone to get in touch and get involved in this historic labor campaign, and invite your friends along too!
Join us tomorrow at The People’s Forum in Manhattan, from 6 to 10 pm, for an ALU election celebration and fundraiser, featuring musical performances by Duendita, Cedric St Louis, and the ALU’s own Justine Grove. While we enjoy some good tunes, good food, and each others’ good company, we will discuss the details of the upcoming election and everything we need to accomplish to ensure the victory of the workers over the criminal tactics of the Amazon union-busters. All donation proceeds will go to support our campaign for union victory.
We have a new website with answers to common questions about the union and the election campaign, information on Amazon’s crimes and abuses, a database of news articles and videos about the Amazon Labor Union, digital resources including brochures and flyers, and links to all of our social media channels. When workers have questions about the union, you can tell them that the website is a great resource for reliable information, organized as a volunteer labor of love by Amazon workers ourselves, and not high-priced union-busters determined to deceive workers through misinformation.
Amazon is pulling out all the stops to defeat our campaign, spending millions on union-busting consultants, repeatedly breaking the law, threatening workers, spying on and retaliating against our organizers, destroying our organizing tent, sending police to harass us, and so much more, because they know just how much is at stake in this election. They know that after 28 years of successfully busting union campaigns at Amazon in the United States, if they fail to defeat our efforts in Staten Island, they will be facing an unstoppable nationwide wave of ALU election victories in the months and years to come—and a movement of workers who are finally empowered to organize, defend ourselves, and demand what we deserve.
They know that if we can make it here, we’ll make it anywhere.
It’s up to you, New York, New York.
Help Support Our Organizers In Need
If you believe in the justice of the ALU cause and the importance of mutual aid, perhaps you can contribute some funds to our worker organizers who have faced hardship and retaliation by Amazon management for their fearless organizing and still continue to struggle:
Any contributions at all are greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support and solidarity!
Until Next Week!
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