Apr 2, 2021 | News Story

Local 3 Business Manager Pens Open Letter to Amazon Workers in Bessemer, Alabama

Local Union No. 3, IBEW Business Manager Erikson addressed an open letter to Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. It was sent recently to RWDSU leadership and President Stuart

Appelbaum and was relayed to the workers voting to organize the first union shop in company history. Their ballots are currently being counted by the NLRB (click here for an explainer of the process from Kim Kelly for More Perfect Union).

"Your fight gives others hope," wrote Erikson. "It has been a long time since the Labor Movement has so fully supported an organizing campaign in the South. I’m talking about the boycotts and strike at J.P. Stephens in the late 1970s. We marched here in New York City on their corporate headquarters and stood in solidarity with those brave working men and women and they were successful in their fight. I urge you and your brothers and sisters now not to blink. Your employer has money to burn to discourage your efforts. Your strength is in your unity, labor is not a commodity, and it is time to change the direction of how America’s workers have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers for way too long. God Speed." Click here to read the full letter on Local 3's website.