Christian Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), an unbiased union that spearheaded the primary profitable unionization of an Amazon facility earlier this month, introduced the go to Wednesday on Twitter.
A spokesperson for Sanders didn’t have further particulars concerning the nature of Sanders’ go to or the precise timing.
Sanders has lengthy been one in every of Congress’ most outspoken supporters of organized labor. He has been vocal within the press and on social media in assist of Amazon employees’ efforts to type a union.
After the Nationwide Labor Relations Board licensed the ALU’s unionization vote on April 1, Sanders congratulated the employees on their “extraordinary victory.”
“I consider it’s going to be a shot within the arm for this nation’s labor motion,” he tweeted.
Sanders subsequently hosted a video forum on April 11 for Amazon employees lively within the ALU.
The ALU received its first victory with out the assets of a nationwide union or main consideration from nationwide politicians. Some observers credit score the union’s under-the-radar strategy for its success.
However the ALU evidently believes it stands to learn from Sanders’ assist. His go to will fall a day earlier than the beginning of a vote on whether or not to unionize at a second Amazon facility on the identical campus because the bigger warehouse, JFK8, the place Smalls, an ex-employee, led the profitable union drive. Employees on the second, smaller facility, LDJ5, are attributable to solid votes from April 25 by means of April 29.
Amazon has objected to the Nationwide Labor Relations Board’s certification of the unionization at JFK8, claiming that the ALU threatened employees. The retailer has till this Friday to show proof of its allegations to the labor board.