(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – An Amazon union organizer has criticized U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for being “radio silent” at a time when workers from the Jeff Bezos-owned company have been fighting for the establishment of a union.
Amazon employees at the Staten Island facility held a vote last week for the creation of a union. This would be the first union of its kind in the company’s history.
In an interview with Status Coup News, Connor Spence, one of the union organizers, expressed criticism as Democratic lawmakers, especially those in New York, have not voiced their support or made any statements regarding the efforts to create a union.
“I think it’s just that our campaign and our model was such a long shot, they saw it as risky to even associate with us,” Spence said during an interview with Jordan Chariton, the co-founder of Status Coup News. “Because at the end of the day, they are politicians as much as they, you know, say that they’re on the side of the workers, they have to prioritize getting reelected and all that stuff.”
Spence also spoke up regarding Ocasio-Cortez’s absence from the pro-union rally last August, an event that she had previously said she would be attending. More importantly, Spence criticized how she “went radio silent for six months after that and didn’t show a word for us until it was clear that we were gonna win.”
Despite this, the advocate retained that they “are an apolitical union” and they “don’t want to be reliant on political outsiders” even if it “would have helped.”
“At the end of the day, we won without them, and we can continue to achieve big victories without them,” Spence noted. “You know, it would have been helpful to have that support early on.”