Amazon labor organizer slams AOC for staying ‘silent on the radio’ until victory: We don’t need their support now

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An Amazon labor organizer called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. for being “silent on the radio” as workers at the Jeff Bezo-owned company in Staten Island fought to form their own union.

Amazon employees at the Staten Island plant voted to unionize last week, the first of its kind in the company’s decades of history.

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Connor Spence, one of the union organizers, was interviewed by the progressive media Coup News why Democratic lawmakers, especially in New York, have remained largely silent about their efforts.

Amazon Labor Union (ALU) organizer Christian Smalls speaks to the media as ALU members celebrate the official victory after hearing the results of the unionization vote, outside the offices of the NLRB in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

“I think it’s just that our campaign and our model was so long, they saw it was even risky to partner with us,” Spence told Status Coup News co-founder Jordan Chariton on Friday. . “Because at the end of the day, they’re politicians as much as they, you know, say they’re on the workers’ side, they have to prioritize their re-election and all that.”

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Spence shrugged off how Ocasio-Cortez backed out of showing up at a pro-union rally last August that she had previously pledged to attend, but was more bothered by how she “stood on the radio for a while. six months after that and didn’t show us a word until it was clear we were going to win.”

The lawyer pointed out that “we are an apolitical union” and that they “don’t want to be dependent on political outsiders” although that “would have helped” given their large platforms which could benefit from the effort with more advertising and donations.

Workers line up to vote for a union election at Amazon's JFK8 fulfillment center in the Staten Island borough of New York, United States, March 25, 2022.

Workers line up to vote for a union election at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in the Staten Island borough of New York, United States, March 25, 2022.
(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid./File Photo)

“At the end of the day, we won without them and we can go on to win big without them,” Spence said. “You know, it would have been helpful to have that support from the start.”

“It’s not really fair for them to stand at the finish line now and say they’re supporting us because we needed them at the start. We don’t need them now,” Spence added. .

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Chariton and ‘Breaking Points’ co-host Krystal Ball called out the Democratic ‘Squad’ member for her tweet expressing solidarity with the labor effort after she canceled her appearance at a pro-union rally last year .

Ocasio-Cortez cited “scheduling conflicts” and “security issues,” alluding to “threats” to her life as reasons for her canceled visit, but that didn’t silence her critics.

FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., attends a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

FILE – In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., attends a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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“With respect, there is no safety issue sending support to @amazonlabor in an attempt to win the first syndicated Amazon to 13 million subscribers. Your voice and organizing power makes the difference,” replied Charity.

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However, Ball wondered how Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to fear for his life a few weeks later at the glitzy Met Gala.

“No security concerns at the Met Gala,” she tweeted with a puzzled emoji.

Fox News’ Kristine Parks contributed to this report.

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