For Immediate Release: April 14, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: Employees at the Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon warehouse overwhelmingly defeated an attempt to unionize warehouse employees. This is a huge blow not only to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), but to all organized labor in America.
“Americans understand the true, political nature of Big Labor, and the decades of declining membership show it,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Nearly 71% of voting workers at Amazon’s warehouse near Birmingham said no to RWDSU unionization. As employees share their stories, it’s clear they view unions as nothing more than a money-grabbing political machine favoring seniority and status over work ethic. Clearly, Big Labor thought this vote would revitalize their dwindling numbers, but they were wrong.
“More than fifty years ago, nearly a third of the American workforce were union members, but that number in 2020 was down to 10 percent. Excluding public-sector unions shows a figure of barely 6 percent! Americans, just like the Amazon employees of Bessemer, understand that the perhaps once-useful workers’ unions are now nothing more than greedy, leftist political machines. Big Labor is dying. America is rejecting it. Now it’s time to take a hard look at the unionization of public employees.”