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For Immediate Release:

April 9, 2021

Media Contact: Patrick Nevada,, 646.866.9065

Leading Critic of Amazon Urges Labor Board to Investigate Egregious Interference in Union Vote

New York – Maritza Silva-Farrell, a leading critic of Amazon in New York and Executive Director of ALIGN, released the following statement today in response to the Bessemer, Alabama election results and Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) filing Objections and Unfair Labor Practice Charges implicating Amazon:

“Once again, Amazon has demonstrated that their tactics of fear and intimidation are part of the daily fabric of their business model. As we saw in recent reporting, Amazon used egregious and corrupt conduct in order to deceive, lie, and coerce employees to interfere with the union vote. We stand with member organization RWDSU and Amazon Workers of Bessemer as we will continue to hold Amazon accountable for their corrupt behavior,” said Silva-Farrell of ALIGN.

“It is clear that the Alabama Amazon workers have made history with this campaign despite the improper and illegal actions Amazon took. Workers have garnered massive public support for this campaign and the momentum to fight against Amazon’s dangerous encroachment in our democracy, economy, and communities is only growing larger by the day. The Black-led organizing drive in Bessemer only shows that workers across the country are coming together and rising up against unfair working conditions, constant surveillance, and abuse of power. Make no mistake, workers will continue to organize for dignity and respect in the workplace. The system may be stacked against us, but we have the power of the people to continue this fight,” said Silva-Farrell of ALIGN.