Amazon is one of the most important companies in the American and global economies. If enough out-of-work socialists and other fed-up workers got jobs at the company and organized, they could build real working-class power in the 21st century economy.
Rand Wilson is currently an organizer and chief of staff at SEIU Local 888 in Boston. Originally a member of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers union, Wilson was the founding director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and on the staff of several other local and national unions. In 2016, he helped to cofound Labor for Bernie and was elected as a Sanders delegate to the DNC. Since then, he has been an active member of Our Revolution. In 2020, he was again a volunteer organizer with Labor for Bernie. Wilson is board chair for the ICA Group and the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund, a trustee of the Center for the Study of Public Policy, trustee for the Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust, and convener of a community labor coalition, Somerville Stands Together.
Thirty years ago this summer, 60,000 telephone workers walked off the job in New York and New England — and stayed out for seventeen weeks. Their struggle against NYNEX, a telecom giant, became one of labor’s few big strike victories, during a decade that began with the disastrous defeat of PATCO, the national air traffic controllers union.
Amazon plays a key role in the twenty-first-century economy and has shown it’s vulnerable to pressure. Socialists should get jobs there and organize.
An organizer with Labor for Bernie argues that the gains won within the Democratic Party must be defended and expanded.
The movement for labor to endorse Bernie Sanders is part of an effort to bring political decision-making back to the rank-and-file.