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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, February 18, 2021 – Yesterday, the Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits released a video in solidarity with the workers organizing a union at  the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. For several weeks, the Coalition has supported the unionization drive, organizing a public sign-on letter, mobilizing community members  to turn out to rally at the Bessemer warehouse, and posting supportive signs  around Birmingham.

Erica Iheme, Southern Program Director at Jobs to Move America, a member group in the Coalition, also spoke at a pro-union rally at the warehouse on February 6.

“We want you to know that we support your efforts to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union,” said Gina Malasham, Marketing Director at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

“Workers who have a union have a voice and real power in their workplaces,” said Jessica Carter, Strategic Researcher at Jobs to Move America.

About the Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits  

The Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits is a coalition of labor, community, civil, rights, faith, and environmental justice groups working to hold corporations accountable to workers and their communities by fighting for Community Benefits Agreements. Current coalition partners include: A Better Balance; Alabama Arise; the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP; Adelante Alabama Worker Center; Communications Workers of America (CWA); Jobs to Move America; Greater-Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution; Greater Birmingham Ministries; Hometown Action; United Steelworkers (USW); and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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Alabama Team Fact Sheet

 Our coalition in Alabama and New Flyer, the largest electric bus manufacturer in North America, signed our Community Benefits Agreement on May 24, 2022. This is our first multi-state agreement, impacting New Flyer facilities in Anniston, AL and Ontario, CA. It supports the creation of robust manufacturing jobs through investments in workforce development and training …