Amazon is everywhere and with the proposed purchase of Whole Foods they will only grow stronger as a company. What surprised me is to learn of how much opposition there is to workers organizing within the corporation.
Amazon has repeatedly made it clear that it refuses to accept or even acknowledge organized labor. The corporation’s distinctly American understanding of the role of trade unions becomes obvious here: it doesn’t treat ver.di as a group of employees who chose to join the union, but as a suspicious third party seeking to drive a wedge between management and workers.
While Amazon might be competing with the likes of Walmart and Target, when it comes to organized labor they have a lot in common.