Supporting Workers at Amazon, its Affiliates

The Solidarity with Amazon Workers Rally

Members of Local 965 joined with area progressives March 20 to support workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon facilities to join a union to boost their wages to that of similar workers in the area and to improve work conditions.

  • Red-shirted 965 members Hershel Hartford, Bret Schulte, Mike Pierce, Tricia Starks and Geoff Brock await Ted Swedenburg to shoot a photo at the Solidarity with Amazon Workers rally March 20, 2021, outside the Fayetteville Whole Foods Market.
  • Hershel Hartford, Bret Schulte, Geoff Brock, Ted Swedenburg and Ben Pollock discuss Local 965 business at the Solidarity with Amazon Workers rally March 20, 2021, outside the Fayetteville Whole Foods Market.
  • Red-shirted 965 members Ben Pollock, Tricia Starks and Geoff Brock join the Solidarity with Amazon Workers rally March 20, 2021, outside the Fayetteville Whole Foods Market.
  • Mike Pierce, Bret Schulte and Tricia Starks hold the Local 965 banner at the Solidarity with Amazon Workers rally March 20, 2021, outside the Fayetteville Whole Foods Market.

Announcement of rally, March 19, 2021

We of UA-Fayetteville Education Association / Local 965 decided at our monthly membership meeting March 18 to actively support union organizing efforts at the Amazon facilities in Bessemer, Alabama. Specifically, we are asking our members and supporters to attend — safely, with masks and social-distancing — a rally outside the Fayetteville Whole Foods Market 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021. March 20 will also represent U.N. World Day Against Racism.

We suggest that you don your red 965 T-shirt if you have one, otherwise any red shirt, for a bit of visual solidarity. The local event’s organizers created a Facebook event with details. The national facilitator is Support Alabama Amazon Union.

For background information, “Amazon, Union Battle for Undecided Workers in High-Stakes Vote” from the Voice of America is pretty comprehensive with no paywall.

This is Collective Action.

Campus Covid Gallery

The union of the University of Arkansas presents images and a bit of information on the pandemic — from the worker viewpoint of faculty and staff.

We welcome photos from members and other employees. Send the highest resolution available to uarkansas965@gmail.com. Submissions will be curated. We need as much information on the photos as possible. We’ll protect the privacy of the sender and photographer if requested, but otherwise the more transparent our project is, the more trusted. That’s the point.

This post will be updated, so please check back.

Websites

Twitter

  • AR COVID-19 Fails — @ARCOVidiots — “Documenting Arkansans’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
  • UArk COVID-19 Fails—@UArkCOVIDFAILS— “The University of Arkansas is not preventing the Spreading of COVID-19, these are first hand examples. not affiliated with the University of Arkansas”

Photo Gallery

Non-masked, non-socially distanced brothers of a University of Arkansas fraternity stand outside a Maple Street sorority across from The Academy at Frisco apartments, Fayetteville, 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2020.
Non-masked, non-socially distanced brothers of a University of Arkansas fraternity stand outside a Maple Street sorority across from The Academy at Frisco apartments, Fayetteville, 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2020.

Local 965 Joins 2019 NWA Women’s March

Members of AFSCME 965, representing government workers of Northewest and north central Arkansas, rallied then paraded with its banner at the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Women’s March. The winter day was mild on Saturday, Feb. 2 in downtown Fayetteville.

The march served to promote justice for all women. The rally included a drive for supplies for the area Peace at Home Shelter. Two local TV stations reported on the event; here is the NBC affiliate’s story and here the CBS station’s piece.


For 2nd Year, Local Serves at Soup Sunday

Members of AFSCME Local 965 donned their logo green T-shirts and cinched aprons at the waist to help the 18th annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday, a key fundraising event for Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, held Jan. 27.

The local organized to help out the first time for the 2018 event last winter. Both times, the benefit was held at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkanas.

Local Aids Campus Food Pantry

Local 965 helped the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry on the University of Arkansas campus the week after Thanksgiving, preparing food baskets.

Logo Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food PantryThey’re actually boxes, which can hold more. Some might think of such volunteer work on holidays themselves, but eating is a 7-day/52-week necessity.

Members of the Local worked with Full Circle staff at the facility on Nov. 27, 2018. Some brought family members to participate.

The pantry by the way is WAHR C204, i.e. Bud Walton Hall, 324 Stadium Drive.

That a significant percentage of pantry patrons are U of A employees and students has been a major argument for the Living Wage Campaign of the 965.