Definitely still #BoycottAmazon, no BAmazon did not plan it

Definitely still #BoycottAmazon, no BAmazon did not plan it

The South has a long-cherished tradition of portraying anyone white (or Black) from out-of-state supporting Black people’s liberatory actions in the South as disingenuous. During Reconstruction, they even created a derogatory name for these activists, carpetbaggers. They applied the term carpetbagger to anyone who came to the South to support African Americans in voting, holding office, or exercising their Civil Rights.

#BoycottAmazon being painted as “outside agitators” is part of the neo-confederate white supremacist Southern tradition of lying through storytelling.

The boycott is a good idea, and it is necessary to support the 85 percent African American BamazonUnion workforce. The entire country must support the workers of Bessemer, Alabama.

The rich have their ways, but the working class? Many of us in the working classes have forgotten sometimes what is not said is what matters most. Solidarity is not always coordinated.

The rich have Super PACs. Super PACs came into existence after Citizens United granted corporations personhood and interpreted spending money as first amendment free speech right. Super PACs raise large amounts for political candidates. There are no limits on the amount of money they can raise —but there is a stipulation. They cannot work or coordinate with the candidate they are supporting. When you see a nasty attack ad and the candidate who would benefit from it says, “That is outrageous, I would never, ever run such an egregious ad!” That is called rich people solidarity. Solidarity doesn’t need shared coordination, just values. Super PACs regulation state that no coordination can occur, so it does not.

Working-class people have something similar, well barely, but we have our rules too. Unions can organize, but they can’t call a secondary boycott. Bamazon is not YET a union, so the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, supporting or calling a boycott would be a secondary boycott meaning:

Industrial action by a union (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union), against a company on the grounds that does business with another company (Amazon, not unionized yet) engaged in a labor dispute.

If some random person in solidarity were to call a boycott, the people trying to unionize, the organizers, and the union they are trying to be part of must make it 100 percent clear they did not call, plan, or coordinate the boycott. That would be illegal and behaving like the wealthy —who cheat.

Secondary boycotts are illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.

On October 28, 2019, the Ninth Circuit, following in the footsteps of the D.C. Circuit and the Second Circuit, affirmed an order entered by the NLRB confirming that prohibitions on secondary boycotts under Section 8(b)(4)(i)(B) of the NLRA do not violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Cornell Law School

A secondary boycott is also known as a solidarity action. “Solidarity action (also known as secondary action, a secondary boycott, or a sympathy strike) is industrial action by a trade union in support of a strike initiated by workers in a separate corporation, but often the same enterprise, group of companies, or connected firm. In most countries (EXCEPT THE US), solidarity action is lawful.”

Showing solidarity by boycotting a corporation that treats their workers poorly is fine. Planning an uncoordinated with workers boycott in solidarity is fine. I shouldn’t have to say this, but you have a right not to buy things. You’re not going to hurt Bamazon by not using Amazon Prime for a week. You will hurt the workers by not letting Amazon know that how they treat their workers is of grave concern to you.

“RWDSU has no affiliation with this,” said Chelsea Connor, director of communications for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, “nor did we call for it.”


But understand, those workers trying to organize for a union in a place not yet unionized cannot appear to be encouraging or supporting your efforts —owing to the law.

Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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