First Union Contract for Bloomsburg, PA Members

After a long, difficult battle with management for their first union contract, RWDSU Local 262 members at Bloomsburg Care & Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania have won numerous improvements. The new contract includes improved starting minimum rates, annual raises, inclusion in the union medical plan, and secured paid time off and improved job security. The contract addressed many of the issues the workers had when they won their campaign to join the RWDSU in May, 2020. The 90 workers at the facility now have a strong first contract to go along with the security and voice on the job they won with their union membership. “I am extremely proud of these members. Through patience and perseverance we achieved a really strong first contract that provides a solid foundation for contracts to come,” said Local 262 RWDSU President, Daniel Righetti.  The BCRC employees fought hard for a settlement that shows respect for the important work they do to care for their residents, and a strong, outspoken negotiating committee made the difference. “The BCRC employees united as a cohesive team, remained stronger together and were victorious. I’m very proud to have worked and be a part of this team.” said Local 262 RWDSU Business Agent Danielle Albano.

STATEMENT FROM RWDSU PRESIDENT STUART APPELBAUM ON SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2021 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259  (NEW YORK, NY) – This morning, Senator Marco Rubio announced his support for Amazon fulfillment center workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are voting to form a union with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Stuart Appelbaum, President of the RWDSU, which is conducting the unionization drive for the workers at the Amazon fulfillment center issued the following statement: “We welcome support from all quarters. Senator Rubio's support demonstrates that the best way for working people to achieve dignity and respect in the workplace is through unionization. This should not be a partisan issue.” # # #  The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.

SOLIDARITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD IS ROLLING IN FOR BAMAZON UNION WORKERS!

Workers around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with workers in Bessemer, Alabama fighting to bring the first union to an Amazon Fulfillment Center in the United States! Watch the latest solidarity videos from union workers and supporters around the globe:            

BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT TO LEAD CARAVAN IN SUPPORT OF BESSEMER, AL AMAZON WORKERS SEEKING UNION REPRESENTATION

ADVISORY FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: 4:30PM CST Saturday, March 13, 2021 MEDIA RSVP REQUIRED: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT TO LEAD CARAVAN IN SUPPORT OF BESSEMER, AL AMAZON WORKERS SEEKING UNION REPRESENTATION WHAT: On March 13, the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) will lead a solidarity caravan in Bessemer, Alabama to show workers support in the final days of voting in the union election. BLM has been a strong supporter of the BAmazon union workers throughout their fight to bring the first union to an Amazon warehouse. About 85% of the workforce at the BHM1 facility in Bessemer, Alabama is Black. BLM has been working with RWDSU organizers on the ground since the election began. At the kick off of the caravan, BLM leaders will speak to what we’ve long known to be true, Amazon’s majority Black workforce has been treated as disposable and not been given the dignity and respect they deserve. This will also include a digital solidary caravan, building on BLM’s outreach to workers during this campaign.  BLM Birmingham will kick off the caravan alongside Movement Elders including representation from: NAACP, SCLC, Civil Rights Foot Soldiers, Poor People’s Campaign, Concerned Clergy, and other Black led organizations that share a common truth of uplifting Black Lives. Community groups and unions from the surrounding area will also join RWDSU organizers for the caravan.  “Amazon workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and especially the 85% of Black Lives that go to that fulfillment center daily to work, but whose work is grossly undervalued. It’s our fight as a community of Black workers, it’s about us, and let us be clear, Black Lives Matter in Alabama” said Eric Hall, Co-Founder BLM Birmingham.  “Black workers have historically been the backbone of this country, its institutions, and innovations. Therefore, it is fully within our rights and dignity that we be treated and compensated fairly. Just as we have the right to live, we also have the right to work. This fight in Alabama is simply part of the larger movement for collective liberation. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is in solidarity with the Black workers at Amazon who are fighting to unionize,” said Patrisse Cullors, Executive Director of BLM Global Network Foundation “This is as much a fight about civil rights as it is about the fight to organize a union. The goals of the Black Lives Matter movement represent what it is the workers are trying to achieve at the Bessemer facility. We are thrilled to have the support of the Black Lives Matter movement during this critical and historic union campaign,” said Stuart Appelbuam, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  WHO: Black Lives Matter movement leaders, NAACP, SCLC, Civil Rights Foot Soldiers, Poor People’s Campaign, Concerned Clergy, other Black led organizations that share a common truth of uplifting Black Lives, community groups and unions from the surrounding area, RWDSU organizers.  WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 2021 4:30PM CST  WHERE: Next to Circle K at 994 Academy Dr. Bessemer AL, 35022 IMPORTANT COVERAGE NOTE: Please be mindful this action is taking place in support of workers and is timed accordingly; media should not obstruct the timing of this event for interviews. The caravan will begin at 4:30PM, members of the media who have RSVPed will be welcome to interviews and Q&A AFTER the caravan at approximately 5:00PM. Due to print or broadcast timing, should you require interviews earlier in the day or perhaps earlier in the week, we welcome those requests when you RSVP.  RSVP to Chelsea Connor above.  # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.

RWDSU ENDORSES NINA TURNER IN OH 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2021 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 (CLEVELAND, OH) –  Today the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced its endorsement of former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner in her run for Congress in Ohio’s 11th congressional district. Turner is running to replace Representative Marcia Fudge. Fudge was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Nina Turner has a strong record of standing up for working people, including, just recently, with the solidarity she has shown Amazon workers organizing with the RWDSU to bring the first union to an Amazon warehouse in the U.S. We are proud to endorse Nina Turner for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District because we know that she’ll be a strong advocate for our members and all working people. Now, more than ever, we need more leaders like her in Congress to make sure that workers and their families aren’t left behind during the ongoing pandemic and economic crisis.” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  "I am proud to stand with all Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union members across the country and proudly support the Amazon workers in Alabama fighting right now to unionize for living wages and safe working conditions. Every worker deserves a union and I'm honored to have earned the support of the RWDSU. As the next Congresswoman of the 11th Congressional district I will work to strengthen and expand our union and protect the working families of Ohio," said Nina Turner. # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.

STATEMENT FROM RWDSU ON CALL FOR AN AMAZON BOYCOTT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2021 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 “The union has not called for nor endorses a boycott at Amazon,” said Chelsea Connor, a spokeswoman for both the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and the BAmazon Union campaign.                                                                    # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.

STATEMENT FROM RWDSU PRESIDENT STUART APPELBAUM ON PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2021  Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 (NEW YORK, NY) – Tonight, President Joe Biden tweeted out a video showing his support for Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are voting to form a union with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Stuart Appelbaum, President of the RWDSU, which is conducting the unionization drive for the workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, issued the following statement: “Thank you, President Biden, for sending a clear message of support for the BAmazon Union workers in Alabama seeking to bring the first union to an Amazon warehouse with the RWDSU. As President Biden points out, the best way for working people to protect themselves and their families is by organizing into unions. And that is why so many working women and men are fighting for a union at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama.” # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.  

STATEMENT ON TINA FEY HOSTING THE GOLDEN GLOBES, THANKS 1,760 MEMBERS OF WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST AND WEST FOR THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH AMAZON WORKERS IN UNION FIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2021 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259  (NEW YORK, NY) – Yesterday, Tina Fey, Alfonso Cuarón, and Damon Lindelof were among the more than 1,760 union members of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) to sign a petition supporting Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are voting to form a union with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Stuart Appelbaum, President of the RWDSU, which is conducting a unionization drive for the workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, issued the following statement: “Tomorrow evening, Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards, but the RWDSU already thinks of her as a superstar of the labor movement. We want to thank her and the over 1,700 tv and film writers who are supporting the Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama in their fight to bring the first union to an Amazon warehouse.”                                         # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.

New Global Union Report: Pandemic places long-term care work among world’s most dangerous jobs

  As COVID has become one of the most pressing health and safety issues, a report released today by UNI Global Union finds that nursing home employees have some of the world’s most dangerous jobs, thanks to the pandemic. The report examined data in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents workers at nursing home and care facilities in the U.S. issued the following statement commenting on the release of the study today:  “The pandemic did not cause the crisis in the long-term health care facilities but exposed the reality that was already there. Let’s acknowledge these everyday heroes by ensuring that they are empowered through unionization to ensure better working conditions and wages." Click here or on the image above to read the full report.  

Danny Glover: Bessemer Amazon union effort a ‘strategic moment’ for labor

AL.com Danny Glover came to Alabama Monday, he said, to take part in history. The award-winning actor was in Bessemer to show his support for workers at Amazon’s fulfillment center there, who are currently conducting a mail-in election through March on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). As workers left the warehouse, Glover waved and gave a thumb up sign, as well as recorded a short video in support of workers. It’s not the first time Glover has shown support for unions. Among other appearances, he has shown support for the United Farm Workers, UNITE HERE, and the United Auto Workers, such as when he supported efforts to unionize the workers at Nissan in Canton, Miss. in 2017. In 2018, he won an NAACP Image Award for his work as an activist.