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October 28, 2020

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement In Response to New Amazon Facility in Pullman

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October 28, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis

jlewis@chicagolabor.org

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Chicago Federation of Labor Statement In Response to New Amazon Facility in Pullman

 

CHICAGO – Chicago Federation of Labor Secretary-Treasurer Don Villar released the following statement in response to the unveiling of the new Amazon facility in Pullman:

 

“In 1894, workers in Pullman went on strike for decent wages and respect on the job, a historic strike that is at the center of Chicago’s rich labor history. More than 125 years later, workers are still fighting for decent pay and respect on the job, especially with employers like Amazon. Chicago’s unions are committed to bringing new jobs to this city, especially to Black and Brown neighborhoods. But we all must ensure that these are high-road jobs that provide fair pay, basic benefits, and a voice on the job.

 

“To date, Amazon has repeatedly found ways to undercut workers’ rights, crush workers’ freedom to organize, and refuse basic benefits entitled to employees. Amazon has been caught using sophisticated software and intelligence analysts to engage in union busting. They have allegedly retaliated against union organizers. They have imposed draconian workplace rules and technologies that treat workers as ‘robots.’ And they have done this while receiving $741 million from local taxpayers to build these new facilities. As a city, we must hold Amazon to a higher standard.

 

“To all of the new workers at the Amazon facility in Pullman and around Cook County: You deserve respect on the job, and know that the 300 affiliate unions and 500,000 union members of Chicago and Cook County stand behind you. The Chicago Federation of Labor stands ready to support you on the job, including by helping you organize your workplace. Please, do not hesitate to contact us at www.chicagolabor.org."

 

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The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO representing nearly 300 unions and labor organizations comprised of half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.

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