In the wake of the Amazon victory, I appeared on Al-Jazeera last Friday to talk about how the Strike Wave during the pandemic gave workers a new sense of power and led to the first successful union drive at Amazon on Staten Island.
In March of 2020, over 50 workers at Amazon went on a wildcat strike, which led Amazon to fire the main organizer, Christian Smalls. Afterward, Smalls and an initial group of less than a dozen workers continued to push for an independent union for more than two years.
Few in labor journalism expected that Small’s union would win, but in the summer of 2020, Payday accurately predicted how union organizing was changing in a way that many labor journalists and establishment labor journalists weren’t covering.
In June of 2020, Payday Report published “How Black & Brown Workers Are Redefining Strikes In the Digital COVID Age,” which reported on how the labor movement was struggling to understand and cover the ways that Black and Brown workers were redefining strikes and organizing.
On Al-Jazeera, I discuss how this newfound sense of power that workers gained while striking during the pandemic helped propel them to victory at Amazon and how we are likely to see more unexpected union wins.
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