Apr 18, 2021

How cancer put me off joining Amazon union

Crucial then to Amazon's strategy to win a union vote was its healthcare plan for workers. Amazon pushed the narrative that the union might take away worker benefits, including healthcare. "The only way that happens is if the employer decides to take them away. The union's not going to argue: 'Let's cut benefits for the workers'" says Stuart Appelbaum, head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that is pushing for Amazon workers to unionise. While trying to persuade others, he realised Amazon's messaging was working: "They were scared that healthcare was going to be taken away. That's why a lot of them voted"no" against the union. As for unions? Well, union membership has been falling since the 1980s.

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