Amazon is trending on Twitter due to the news of Bernie Sanders visiting Alabama Amazon workers with the intent of unionizing as well as the company’s response to the attempt at unionization and accusations of abusive working environments from former employees.
I look forward to meeting with Amazon workers in Alabama on Friday. All I want to know is why the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, is spending millions trying to prevent workers from organizing a union so they can negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions. https://t.co/qkCuX7Vyl6
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 25, 2021
1/3 I welcome @SenSanders to Birmingham and appreciate his push for a progressive workplace. I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that’s not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace https://t.co/Fq8D6vyuh9
— Dave Clark (@davehclark) March 24, 2021
1/2 You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 25, 2021
This prompted a large-scale response both from Sanders supporters and former Amazon employees, with the second confirming many of the issues people accused Amazon of doing. These responses eventually started trending under “Amazon Unions” in support of the idea of those working for the company unionizing. Many of the comments mention attempting to make Amazon Unions the number one trending thing on Twitter to get the news about Amazon’s mistreatment of its workers further into the general public and get more supporters.
If Amazon insists the bottles of piss are not real, simply ask the company to have an executive take a sip
— Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) March 25, 2021
lets all tweet the phrase "amazon unions" even if you dont have anything smart to say about it so their leadership flips out at their social media team. go
— lego's block's (@guldeuxchats) March 25, 2021
Good morning to everyone who supports Amazon Unions, and those underpaid, underappreciated workers who helped keep us going during the pandemic.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 25, 2021
Amazon really woke up and thought the way they’d win the fight against Amazon Unions was to come to twitter and gaslight like a first-year egg account https://t.co/60ntMpbhDn
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) March 25, 2021
— Forcing workers to urinate in bottles
— Firing pregnant women for taking too many bathroom breaks
— Hiring analysts to monitor ‘labor organizing threats’
— Making employees attend mandatory anti-union meetings
This is what a senior VP of Amazon calls a "progressive workplace." https://t.co/l1BTe2SLqO
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 24, 2021
The spotlight on Amazon’s working conditions started to brighten in the first quarantine months of the pandemic. Throughout that time, it was essential workers such as Amazon workers who were keeping large parts of America afloat. Yet, many of these essential workers were often treated poorly with Amazon employees getting the worst of it. Besides the inability to use the restroom, employees also were subject to constant camera surveillance in order to monitor their productivity in order to reach monstrously high standards and quick delivery schedules which would put drivers in danger. There are even workers claiming to have caught Covid-19 due to the negligence of Amazon cleaning its workplace.
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) March 24, 2021
NEW REPORT: Amazon took illegal action to try to bust the union organizing effort in Alabama.
Depending on the union election results, Amazon is likely to face a serious legal challenge.
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) March 22, 2021
The conflict has only intensified after Amazon hired a team of anti-union consultants, dubbed union busters, to stop the workers consolidating according to the Washington Post.
Tweeters are now talking about the union-busters themselves using comments far more negative.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 24, 2021
good morning to only people who support amazon employees unionizing. bad morning to amazon union busters, i hope you break both your legs today 💖
— (v)iolent (a)narchist (g)raffiti (@wellthatwasodd) March 25, 2021
I like the subtle knock back against unions. The thing they're responding to also said amazon is a known union buster, and this guy doesn't bring it up. Jus that they have "great wages and healthcare from day one!"
— Gentle Ice 💜☯Ⓐ (@GameswoGravity) March 25, 2021
Despite the immense backlash, Amazon hasn’t folded yet against the pressure. As the trend continues though and more voice their support for unionization, there might be some changes.