“Today, I met with grassroots worker organizers to thank them for their leadership in organizing unions,” Mr. Biden announced on Twitter. “From the Amazon Labor Union to IATSE at Titmouse Productions, these folks are inspiring a movement of workers across the country.”
Mr. Biden said the union organizers are “inspiring a movement of workers across the country to fight for the pay they deserve.”
Christian Smalls, the Amazon organizer, was among those who participated in a roundtable discussion with Mr. Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the White House said.
“The choice to join a union belongs to workers alone … and by the way Amazon, here we come,” Mr. Biden said to thunderous applause at the North America’s Building Trade Unions conference in Washington, D.C.
The March vote was a major loss for Amazon, which has repeatedly fought to keep organized labor out of its warehouses, and a big victory for labor unions.
Workers at more than 40 Starbucks locations have voted to unionize since December, after a Buffalo store became the first to support unionization. Votes are now set to take place at hundreds more Starbucks stores across the country.
Mr. Biden has touted his administration as the most “pro-union” in recent history. When Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama were voting to unionize last year, Mr. Biden issued a video offering support but did not mention the e-commerce behemoth specifically.
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