The parallels between the fight in Bessemer, Alabama and the fights of the civil rights movement are striking.
The core values of the American working class are—and for a long time have been—the same ones cherished by most who self-identify as conservative: honor, discipline, self-reliance, industriousness and patriotism.
Labor problems and class differences persist unaddressed while well-educated, white-collar workers focus on problems that are easier for their bosses to pretend to fix.
The Republican senator said Amazon was "sorely mistaken" if it assumed conservatives would back it against workers.
The PRO Act would strengthen union rights to strike for better pay and conditions and give new protections to union elections, among other reforms.
Employees at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, have begun mail-in voting to join a union, and it's the largest such attempt in three decades of Amazon's existence.
"The $15 minimum wage itself is a compromise," said Adam Shah, policy director at Jobs With Justice.
President Joe Biden met with union bosses in the Oval Office on Wednesday where he discussed details of both the COVID-relief bill and a second possible spending package.
"I wish he hadn't done that on the first day," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "It did and will cost us jobs in the process."
With the case of unionized workers, employers can require their employees to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, save some exceptions.
The protest movements come as Amazon saw an incredible boost in sales throughout the pandemic, raking in as much as $1 billion a day in its third-quarter earnings.
Workers in the Bessemer fulfillment center, which has about 1,500 employees, have partnered with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in an effort to become a union under the organization name BAmazon Union.
The local chapter of the union in Philadelphia has endorsed Trump for re-election, despite the national union announcing its support for Biden in April 2019.
Big Labor's influence is not based on widespread support for its policies, but on its unique status as a special interest group.
The Albany Public School Teachers Association said that teachers had been laid off, "only to be asked to then long-term sub for their 'cut' positions."
The United Steelworkers union contested that the phrasing of billboards seen in Indiana which called for the re-election of Donald Trump and the local GOP nominee for Congress was "misleading."
"The NEA will absolutely support any affiliate that chooses to strike in response to unsafe learning and teaching conditions," a National Education Association spokesperson wrote.
"These measures are essential for our economy to recover, avoid mass layoffs and protect millions of workers," the organizations wrote.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has demanded that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg "personally apologize to working people" after a presentation on the company's Workplace platform suggested that employers should block the word "unionize."
The president of the National Education Association also called the education secretary "unqualified" for the position.
One union leader said the detention of Omar Jimenez as he reported on Minneapolis protests was an "absolute outrage."
Local unions have criticized the grocery chain for ending its $2 an hour "hero pay" bonus, but the store says it's doing much more to support its workers during this time.
The leading union in Nevada also said it did not want its workers to be "part of an experiment" when they returned to work.
In a Wednesday tweet, the Transport Workers Union of America blasted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, calling him "anti-union" and referring to him as "wannabe president plutocrat."
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for his supporters to end their harassment of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union after the union warned its members against Sanders' Medicare for All plan. "We can certainly disagree on issues," Sanders said, "but we must do it in a respectful manner."
"For profit healthcare doesn't work, @PeteButtigieg. It's killing people & putting working people in financial ruin," Sara Nelson tweeted.