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Union leaders at Amazon say AOC has failed them

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week celebrated the historic unionization of Amazon workers at a Staten Island distribution center — but union organizers are shunning the progressive Democrat.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been accused by Amazon Labor Union supporters of “leaving them dry” by failing to turn up for a rally in support of workers ahead of the union vote in August.

Christian Smalls, the man credited with leading the labor movement, was asked over the weekend if he had any message for Ocasio-Cortez following his success.

“Damn no,” he said. “She didn’t deserve this moment.”

The Socialist lawmaker promised organizers she would stand by them at the rally outside the JFK8 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island’s Bloomfield neighborhood last summer, but she dropped out at the last minute.

Protest leaders told the Post in January they were so devastated they didn’t even bother to invite her to a follow-up rally in December.

Christian Smalls, the union organizer who led the successful campaign, criticized Ocasio-Cortez for not showing up to a rally last summer.
Christian Smalls, the union organizer who led the successful campaign, criticized Ocasio-Cortez for not showing up to a rally last summer.
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Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse voted on Friday to become the web giant’s first unionized US workers.

National Labor Relations Board officials said there were 2,654 votes in favor and 2,131 against unionization.

The congresswoman posted a Twitter message with three flexed bicep emojis in response to a tweet indicating the union had won the vote count over the weekend.

But podcaster Krystal Ball responded with a tweet, writing: “Here’s the guy who ran the union campaign talking about how you left them on dry land. These are your constituents and you couldn’t bother showing up until they’re close to victory.”

To which AOC replied, “The camp is not in my district and you might want to look at a map before claiming that.”

She added, “Aside from a scheduling conflict, we’ve requested regulatory investigations into Amazon, met with Amazon employees at the Woodside warehouses, and more.”

“I hope you’ll be more careful next time.”

The Staten Island fulfillment center is the first Amazon facility to unionize.
The Staten Island fulfillment center is the first Amazon facility to unionize.
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In a subsequent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said security was also a factor in her not showing up at the warehouse to assist workers.

“Safety was also an issue,” she tweeted. “2021 included many high-level threats in my life that limited my activities, especially those outside.”

“The combination of the + when we’re able to get resources/time to secure them creates scheduling and logistical conflicts.”

Smalls responded to Ocasio-Cortez, tweeting, “Smh @AOC those are awful workers from your district who definitely commute to Staten Island. I know her personally, maybe you should [sic] Care.”

In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez shamefully dismissed Amazon’s proposal to open a 25,000-job world headquarters in Queens.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/amazon-union-leaders-say-aoc-abandoned-them/ Union leaders at Amazon say AOC has failed them

DUSTIN JONES

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