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January 27, 2020

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on Reports of Amazon Building a Facility in Pullman

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January 27, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis

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Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on Reports of Amazon Building a Facility in Pullman

 

CHICAGO – Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter released the following statement in response to reports that Amazon is planning a $60 million facility in Pullman:

 

“Pullman is at the center of Chicago’s legacy of fighting for working people. At Pullman in 1894, women and men went on strike for basic rights denied to them by the ultra-wealthy company owner, a strike that would forever change the direction of the American labor movement. Today, more than a century later, a company with an ultra-wealthy chief executive and a long track record of anti-union, anti-worker behavior is rumored to be planning a massive facility in the heart of Pullman – and to be asking for a tax break from Chicago’s working families to build it. The Chicago Federation of Labor calls on Amazon to build union, operate union, and participate in a robust community engagement process around any proposed facility. The CFL also opposes any effort to hand out tax breaks to anti-union companies, especially ones that rake in more than $11 billion in profit without paying any federal income tax.

 

“Workers fought and died for their rights at Pullman. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

 

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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 over half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.

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