Lessons From Bessemer Part 7: Charmaine Chua Argues Taking On Amazon Requires Uniting Amazonians

Apr 15, 2021 | Labor, Working Mass


By Working Mass

Charmaine Chua, an organizer with Amazonian’s United, argues in Jacobin that taking on Amazon will take more than organizing one shop at a time. 

Chua investigates what the logistics revolution means for unionizing, drawing lessons from the work of unionized Amazon workers in Germany. She also goes over some of the experiences of Amazonians United, including how that organization has engaged with issues of social reproduction into their organizing work.

Chua issues a limited critique of the RWDSU drive, calling generally for organizers to focus on building worker power from below instead of focusing on top-down staff-driven campaigns. While Chua is right to call for a broader and deeper campaign against Amazon – the type Amazonians United has been building – the question of when to pass from deep organizing to an NLRB election remains unanswered. 

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Lessons From Bessemer

Part 1: Learn From Bessemer To Beat The BossPart 2: Jane McAlevey Argues A Failure In the Basics Explains Bessemer DefeatPart 3: John Logan Rejects Jane McAlevey’s Critique of RWDSUPart 4: Wilson and Olney Say Bessemer Shows Need For PRO Act, CoordinationPart 5: Rich Yeselson Writes Bessemer Loss Was Crushing DefeatPart 6: Rebecca Green Writes That A Program Is Needed To Organize WorkersPart 7: Charmaine Chua Argues Taking On Amazon Requires Uniting AmazoniansPart 8: Joshua Brewer Fires Back At Outside Critics“}]]