Watch: Melk Talks How Established Unions Could Blow “Amazon Moment” in 30 Min Segment w/ RJ Eskow

Amazon Labor Union celebrates win in New York (Reuters)

Starting this month, Payday Report will be recording a regular monthly half-hour segment on the Zero Hour with Richard Eskow, which has 50,000 subscribers on Youtube. 

On this month’s segment, we discuss the recent victory at Amazon. We talk about how the independent Amazon Labor Union was able to adopt unconventional tactics that helped them to win the union election. We also talk about what barriers exist to seeing more of these tactics adopted. 

I warn that many unions are still unlikely to change. I take issue, in particular, with the unwillingness of many in the labor press to question why established unions failed at organizing at Amazon while a new independent union succeeded. 

Give the full 30-minute segment a watch here. 

Donate today to help us cover organizing in the wake of the victory at Amazon. Please, if you can, sign up as one of our 680 recurring donors today. 

Thanks again for all the support. 

Love & Solidarity, 

Melk 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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