Teamsters demand e-commerce giant end aggressive union busting and unsafe work practices
SEATTLE, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — One thousand Teamsters and local community supporters today held a massive rally outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle to demand that the company end its anti-union tactics and unsafe work practices. The rally coincided with the Women’s Teamsters Conference, to be held at Seattle this week.
During the rally, protesters marched around Amazon’s headquarters holding signs reading “Organize Amazon” and “Amazon Hurts Workers.” Members were joined by the Teamsters General Chairman Sean M. O’Brien and general secretary-treasurer Fred Zuckermanas well as other Teamster leaders, including international vice presidents Peter Finn, Avral Thompson, John Campos, Rick Hicks, Marc Davison, Joan Corey, Lindsay Doughertyand Stan Hennessy.
“Amazon should be scared – the Teamsters are here side by side with so many communities demanding change,” O’Brien said. “The Teamsters are not going away. Wherever Amazon abuses workers, we will be there. Amazon will not destroy unions and get away with it. Amazon will not topple and burn American workers and won’t get away with it. meet the Teamsters now, and we’re ready for the fight.”
The rally comes weeks after the Teamsters officially announced its Amazon Departmenta new arm North America the strongest union dedicated to uniting Amazon employees, securing more workplace protections in the warehouse and logistics industry, and defending workers from the unchecked exploitation of one of the most dangerous employers in the world.
Amazon workers across the country have stood up and demanded better working standards, and communities are increasingly demanding that Amazon be held accountable for its worker injury rate, contribution to pollutionand more recently a series of worker deaths in the warehouses of New Jersey. In coordination with the Teamsters, passionate community partners have managed to limit Amazon’s expansion on both coasts as the business giant’s growth threatens well-paying jobs and environmental protection.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hard-working men and women across United States, Canadaand Porto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters