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COSPONSORED WEBINAR: David Vs. Goliath – The Story of Amazon Workers in Alabama

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


This briefing discussed the organizing efforts of Amazon workers in Alabama, what this current moment represents, and its implications for the broader labor movement.

As the largest and most viable effort to unionize Amazon in many years, the campaign by the Amazon warehouse workers and the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) signals a pivotal moment for worker organizing not only in Alabama, but also in the South and in the U.S. more broadly.

This event offered a unique opportunity for philanthropy and labor to come together to learn about worker organizing efforts both now and in the future. We invite you to learn about this momentous worker organizing effort tackling economic and racial inequality and ensuring that new technologies do not further increase workplace precarity.

Hosted by The Labor Innovations for the 21st Century Fund (LIFT) Fund and co-sponsored by the Economic Opportunity Funders and Funders for a Just Economy, this event included a panel discussion with Southern labor experts and leaders  moderated by Sarita Gupta, Director of the Future of Work(ers) program at the Ford Foundation. Panelists:

  • Rev. Barber – President, Repairers of the Breach

  • Erica Iheme – Southern Director, Jobs to Move America

  • Stuart Appelbaum – President, RWDSU

  • AL Worker Leader, RWDSU

  • Christian Sweeney – Organizing Director, AFL-CIO

  • Lane Windham, Ph.D. – Associate Director, Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor

Recording LinkClick here to view the recording.

Recap: The event began with an introduction to the deep and rich history of southern worker organizing by Dr. Lane Windham, Associate Director at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor; it moved onto a panel discussion facilitated by Sarita GuptaDirector, Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation, and featuring Erica IhemeSouthern Director at Jobs to Move America, Stuart AppelbaumPresident at RWDSU, Mike FosterWorker Leader at RWDSU, and Christian SweeneyOrganizing Director at AFL-CIO, that explored the organizing campaign at Amazon and the movement that’s supporting and emerging from it; and culminated with a powerful call to action and reminder by Rev. Barber, President at Repairers of the Breach & Co-chair at Poor Peoples’ Campaign, who reflected on the importance of building powerful coalitions that center racial and economic justice.



March 26
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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