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The Teamsters have a new mission: Unionize Amazon workers

The union will create a division solely focused on unionizing Amazon's workers.

NEW YORK — One of the nation’s largest union is aiming to unionize Amazon workers. Representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that represents 1.4 million workers, voted on Thursday to make organizing Amazon workers a priority. 

In a statement, the union claimed Amazon is exploiting its employees through what Teamsters National Director for Amazon Randy Korgan called, "dehumanizing, unsafe and low-pay jobs."

“In my more than two decades of service as Teamsters General President, I’ve yet to see a threat quite like the one Amazon presents to hardworking people, small businesses, the logistics industry and our nation’s middle class,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a press release.

The resolution (which you can read in full here) means the Teamsters  will create a division focused on solely on its Amazon efforts and set aside money for the cause as well. 

Amazon has not yet responded to a request for comment. 

According to the Associated Press, there's been no successful unionization in Amazon's 26-year history. Amazon is the nation's second largest employer.  

The Associated Press contributed to this reporting. 


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