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What’s the option for workers caught between Big Business and Big Labor? This is the dilemma facing Amazon warehouse employees, Starbucks baristas, and others enduring mistreatment at the hands of major corporations helmed by woke crony capitalists.
Wells King of the conservative American Compass emphasizes that “the Amazon Labor Union is independent and worker-led, not formally associated with Big Labor.” This, King notes, “was probably an advantage for the purposes of organizing. Workers want to fund and run their own organizations focused solely on workplace issues; they are rightly skeptical of Big Labor and its focus on national politics.”
“But,” he cautions, “being a new, independent [union] means that they may lack the know-how to effectively represent workers and negotiate with the world’s largest retailer. That’s unfortunate because Amazon warehouses are rife with hazards, issues, and abuses that a worker organization would be well-positioned to address or hold Amazon accountable to solving.”
This leaves workers with a poor set of options, according to King. “I fear that we’re headed for is something like a trilemma in labor relations, where the only options available to workers are to join a partisan and corrupt Big Labor system, form an independent but potentially under-resourced local organization (like the new union at Staten Island), or remain unorganized and lack the power and representation that many workers say they want,” he told me.