Amazon bullying pushes Labor Council to call for vote on unionization
Amazon workers in Alabama to have a second chance to vote on whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU) after National Labor Relations Board official (NLRB) from the United States called for a repeat.
In April, workers at the Bessemer, Alabama plant voted against unionization by a margin above 2-1, Reuters reports. However, as Next City previously reported, the NLRB found that Amazon unfairly interfered by intimidating workers at meetings and posting signs in bathrooms that encouraged employees to vote against unionization. The August findings that Amazon had violated labor laws did not automatically trigger a new election; that decision was in the hands of NLRB’s Atlanta area director Lisa Y. Henderson, who called for a new vote on Monday.
Amazon spokesman Kelly Nantel called the NLRB decision disappointing, but organizers are cheering.
Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union president Stuart Appelbaum noted this in a statement which reads: âToday’s decision confirms what we have been saying from the start. : Amazon intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a say in whether they wanted a union. at their workplace.
ILSR Report Shows Amazon Operates Small Businesses
Speaking of Amazon, a new report of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ISLR) finds that Amazon is exploiting its monopoly role “to impose high and growing fees on third-party sellers.”
More than 60% of Americans start on Amazon when looking to buy something online, prompting a significant number of small businesses to rely on the warehouse giant to expand their reach. However, the fees Amazon charges third-party sellers have more than doubled in the past two years.
ILSR research indicates that Amazon now pockets 34% of the revenue small businesses generate on their site, up from 19% in 2014.
Steve, a business owner who would prefer not to be identified, told ISLR that Amazon is interfering with its ability to be a sustainable business. Selling $ 10,000 worth of clothes would force him to pay more than $ 3,000 in fees, which means Amazon is making more profit than him.
Amazon has also discouraged companies from selling their items for lower prices on other sites. Amazon’s algorithm downgrades the product of sellers who do so, decreasing their sales. Such practices keep Amazon’s prices competitive while pushing Americans to continue using their service.
City of Birmingham to support local black-owned businesses
Birmingham is launching #BuyBlackBham, an initiative to support local black-owned businesses.
The Alabama political reporter notes that the program is part of a partnership with Urban Impact, an economic development agency, and Mastercard, which works with seven cities across the country to close the racial wealth gap.
During the holiday season, residents are encouraged to shop at one of over 400 black-owned businesses in their area. Birmingham weather reports that although over 70% of Birmingham residents identify as black, only 3% of businesses are black owned. Mayor Randall Woodfin hopes this campaign will help build a âmore resilient and inclusive economyâ that will support stores âthat have always been underfundedâ.
Miguel GamiÃ±o, Executive Vice President of Global Cities for Mastercard, echoed the statement, noting: âFor black-owned businesses, the holiday shopping season is one of the most critical times of the year. and we are delighted to support the city of Birmingham. and Urban Impact on this important initiative to encourage local and conscious purchasing.
The initiative will continue through Kwanzaa on January 1. Participating customers can connect to the Buy the BlackBham site to record their transactions at black-owned mom-and-pop stores and track how much money is flowing through listed local businesses.
Capital One Becomes Largest U.S. Bank To Eliminate Overdraft Fees
Capital One to eliminate overdraft fees early next year, Banking Dive reports.
Customers will now be able to choose whether they want to access overdraft protection. Those who sign up for the protection program will automatically convert to overdraft at no charge. Others who choose not to have their transaction declined if the purchase overdraws their account.
âThe bank account is the lifeblood of a person’s financial life,â Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank said in a statement. âThis is how people get their wages, pay their bills and manage their finances. Overdraft protection is a valuable and practical feature and can be an important safety net for families. We are delighted to offer this service for free.
Solcyra (Sol) Burga was a member of the Emma Bowen Foundation with Next City for the summer of 2021. Burga is completing his studies in Political Science and Journalism at Rutgers University, with the intention of graduating in May 2022. As a Newark native and immigrant, she hopes to raise the voice of underrepresented communities in her work.