Amazon’s Alabama facility under Bernie Sanders-backed siege from New York City union
Backed by a national labor union and Democratic socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a notice has been filed informing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that there is an attempt underway to unionize Amazon’s state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama.
This facility outside of Birmingham just opened earlier this year, employing more than 1,500 full-time associates who pick, pack and ship essential items to customers.
On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers industry-leading benefits to full-time employees, which include comprehensive healthcare from day one, 401(k) with 50% match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave and Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, just to name a few.