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The Historic Union Drive At An Amazon Warehouse In AL & What It Means For The Future Of Labor

On this edition of Your Call, we are getting an update on the vote to unionize at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. Nearly 6,000 workers began voting by mail in early February. If a majority of workers vote yes, Bessemer will be the first Amazon warehouse in the country to unionize.

The results, which are expected at the end of the month, will ripple across the labor movement. How is this historic movement in Alabama impacting other unionization efforts and what will it mean for the future of work?


Chris Smalls, former Amazon warehouse management assistant in Staten Island and founder of The Congress of Essential Workers

Steven Greenhouse, longtime labor reporter and author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

Web Resources:
The American Prospect: ‘Everyone in the Community Is Cheering Us On’

The New York Times: How Amazon Crushes Unions
Vox: An unholy union

The New York Times: ” We Didn’t Sign Up for This’: Amazon Workers on the Front Lines”


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.