Organizing Amazon in Alabama and the Role of the UAW and Unions - LRPN Livestream

“This is a whole other level...and I think it scared people...it was like wait a second, you're trying to take away something from me and that's my humanity.”

Josh Brewer of RWDSU

Organizer of Amazon Union Drive in Bessemer, Alabama



Labor Radio Podcast Network’s Weekly Wednesday Livestream interviews labor leaders about current labor issues with rotating hosts made up of network members.


Guests for February 17th, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Josh Brewer (Lead organizer for RWDSU, BAmazonUnion) and Wayne Blanchard (UAW 2B Ohio and Indiana Regional Director).


LRPN Co-Hosts: Mark Gevaart (My Labor Radio) and David Story (Valley Labor Report)


Topics Discussed:

  • Organizing Amazon in Alabama

  • The size of the UAW in the US & Region 2B

  • The diversity of UAW represented workers

  • Why are politics so important for Union members to be involved in?

  • Why do we give back to our communities, donating time serving, mentoring, fundraising?

Produced by Chris Garlock (Union City Radio); Producer, engineer, and editor is Evan Matthew Papp (Empathy Media Lab).


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