From Feb. 8 to March 29, 2021, around 5,800 workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, will vote on whether or not to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. If successful, they would become the first unionized Amazon workforce in the United States. In our special TRNN series “Battleground Bessemer,” we’ll be bringing you in-depth coverage of this historic union drive, including interviews with workers and organizers on the ground in Bessemer (and beyond).

The union fight at Amazon is a fight for Black lives

With the historic union election at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, underway, we sit down with Joshua Brewer, one of the lead union organizers involved with the campaign, to talk about what a union would mean for this majority-Black community.

Amazon faces a day of reckoning for its treatment of workers

Amazon workers and their allies rallied last weekend to support the union drive at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility. Workers say the company has failed to protect worker safety or improve working conditions even while Amazon and Jeff Bezos profited from the pandemic.