Vice President Joe Biden of Amazon meets with others to discuss unionization efforts

Vice President Joe Biden of Amazon meets with others to discuss unionization efforts ...

On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh sat with union organizers at the White House as the administration seeks to expand their unions.

According to a reading from the White House, participants in the conference discussed organizing efforts to organize unions in their workplaces. Those efforts might be prompted by employees from across the country to engage in similar organisation campaigns.

Chris Smalls, the chairman of the Amazon Labor Union, who won a vote last month to unionize warehouse workers on Staten Island, New York, was among the guests. By the way, Amazon here we come, drawing loud cheers, although he didn''t elaborate.

After the meeting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden''s involvement sparked competition and not just on Amazon.

Psaki said that his administration is a strong advocate of workers'' rights to organize and collective bargaining, but that this meeting was unsuccessful to express his support for those efforts. However, he isn''t engaging in labor disputes, obviously, but he also supports the rights of workers.

Other organisers included those who worked to unionize Starbucks, REI, and Titmouse, the animation studio.

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Smalls attended a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Amazon''s federal contracts. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who chairs the committee, has been pressing the White House to suspend the company''s contracts with the government until Sanders'' illegal anti-union activities.

According to organizers, the company spent $4.2 million last year on labor consultants, which Amazon used to persuade workers not to unionize. Cutting off Amazon''s federal agreements would support the president''s campaign promise, but only to companies that sign agreements "committing not to run anti-union campaigns."

Amazon, which is located in Seattle, did not respond to a request for comment. Sanders'' office claims that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would not attend the hearing.