Ullico | Letter to Bessemer, AL

In Alabama, history is unfolding. Your union-organizing effort is about you and your families, and it is also about economic, racial and social justice in Bessemer and across the land. It's about what kind of country we will be and whether the fruits of our economy are fairly shared.

It's no secret that your employer – one of world's largest – does not want you to have a union. The fact is your labor has power when you are united. You are the reason Amazon is a successful company and without you, Amazon would fail.

If you believe you deserve more respect, better working conditions and rewards for your part in making Amazon successful, then uniting in a union with your co-workers is the way to make things better.

Listen to the President of the United States. He said: "Workers in Alabama — and all across America — are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It's not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union. But let me be even more clear: It's not up to an employer to decide that either. The choice to join a union is up to the workers."

A union contract is the fastest ticket to the middle class in America. It's the surest way to negotiate for safer working conditions that will improve your lives and your families' lives. With a union contract, equality is certain regardless of your background, gender or heritage. With a union contract, you can be more confident about tomorrow because the terms of your employment can't be changed if you speak up about unsafe or abusive working conditions. And a union contract at Amazon in Bessemer can help change the course of Amazon and our country for the better.

I first joined a union 52 years ago in southern Illinois. I've worked a lot of different jobs since then. I poured concrete and laid asphalt in the heat and in the cold; I've been the first one on a construction site and the last one to leave. But no matter how hard the job, I knew that because of the union, we had each other's back. I'm now CEO of Ullico, a company that serves union workers. But after all these years, I'm still proud to call myself a union member.

On that day when I put my first union card in my pocket, I didn't make history – but YOU CAN if you vote to join the RWDSU.

Edward M. Smith
President and CEO of Ullico Inc. and Laborers' International Union Local 773 Member

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