Three US unions pull out of client group over Amazon funding

The United Food & Commercial Workers, the Communications Workers of America and the United Auto Workers resigned from the National Consumers League, citing Amazon’s involvement with the group.

Three main unions have give up the board of the nation’s oldest client advocacy group, claiming funding from Inc. has compromised the group’s progressive mission.

In separate letters final month, the presidents of the United Food & Commercial Workers, the Communications Workers of America and the United Auto Workers wrote that their teams had been resigning instantly from their roles on the board of the National Consumers League, citing the Seattle-based e-commerce big’s involvement with the group.

“Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear over the last several months that NCL leadership now prioritizes donations from anti-worker companies like Amazon ahead of its historic pro-labor and pro-consumer mission,” the presidents of the CWA and UFCW wrote.

The auto employees’ president stated within the union’s letter that the patron group’s “decisions around partnering with Amazon and the subsequent board discussions” had left it with no different alternative however to resign.

NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg declined to remark, saying in an e mail that it was “an internal board matter.”

Founded in 1899, NCL says on its web site that the group’s official mission is “to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad.”

The board chair is a consultant of the Service Employees International Union and one of many vice chairs comes from the AFL-CIO. Spokespeople for Amazon, SEIU, and the AFL-CIO didn’t instantly reply Friday to requests for remark.

Amazon’s speedy progress, its enlargement into sectors like grocery shops and parcel supply, and its aggressive and profitable efforts to defeat unionization efforts amongst its employees have made it a main goal and antagonist of the U.S. labor motion and progressive politicians allied with it.

NCL’s donors final 12 months included tech, finance, aviation, and pharmaceutical firms in addition to unions and regulation corporations, in accordance with its 2020 annual report, which famous it had “supported union organizing and minimum wage increases in states across the country.”

In March, the nonprofit group issued a measured assertion relating to the unionization election then-under approach amongst Amazon warehouse staff in Bessemer, Alabama.

NCL stated on the time that it supported employees’ proper to unionize, that staff had been “seeking a stronger voice” on points corresponding to productiveness expectations and that it hoped the corporate would honor the selection its employees made.

“We have partnered with Amazon on issues of great import to consumers, including fighting fraud and supporting financial literacy for teens and appreciate the company’s dedication to those concerns and its pledge to support a $15 an hour minimum wage nationally,” NCL stated in the identical assertion.

Amazon staff voted in opposition to unionization, however a National Labor Relations Board listening to officer has stated that consequence must be thrown out on account of misconduct by the corporate. Amazon has denied wrongdoing.


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