Amazon is being targeted by the labor movement as a way to gain a foothold in the South

The South has never been a friendly place for organized labor. But that could be changing, thanks to a key test in Alabama, where tens of thousands of Amazon employees are debating whether or not to join a union.

The David-and-Goliath battle, according to labor organizers and advocates, could be a watershed moment in a region with a long history of undervalued labor and ingrained hostility to collective bargaining rights. A victory may have economic and political ramifications for the labor movement and its Democratic Party supporters in the South, who want a stronger presence in the South despite decades of declining union strength across the country.

“This election affects more than just this one workplace. Stuart Appelbaum, national president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said, “It also transcends this one strong business.” “If Amazon employees in Alabama, who are in the midst of the pandemic, can unite, then staff everywhere can.”

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