World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 05:45 am

Sanders promotes union campaign at Amazon in Senate hearing on inequality

Sanders promotes union campaign at Amazon in Senate hearing on inequality
Sanders and his Democratic colleagues said nothing about the role of the unions in accelerating the rise in income inequality over the last four decades.

Today, most new hires at the Detroit automakers start out as temps earning only slightly more than Amazon workers, with substandard benefits and no contractual rights.By imposing upon workers at Amazon the guardianship of the union, they are hoping to confine the opposition of workers within safe channels.Whatever the outcome of the vote in Bessemer, workers at Amazon will need their own independent organization, whether they continue to face brutality from management alone or with the assistance of a union.The critical question is the development of the network of rank-and-file safety committees which have been built by Baltimore Amazon workers and in school districts and workplaces throughout the country.

As for General Motors, the Obama administration, which included current president Joe Biden, handed the UAW billions in GM stock in 2009 in exchange for its assistance in the restructuring of the auto industry, slashing wages for new hires by half.No such public figures even exist in the auto industry, the result of a coverup of infections enforced with the support of the union.

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