Bloomberg Law
April 2, 2022, 7:00 PM

Amazon Warehouse Workers Redefine What’s Possible for U.S. Labor

Josh Eidelson
Josh Eidelson
Bloomberg News

Two years ago, on the day Christian Smalls led a walkout demanding better Covid safety protections at his Inc. warehouse in New York City, the company fired him, saying he himself violated safety rules. There were some copycat protests scattered around the country shortly afterward, and the company’s public relations took a hit, but its grip on its labor relations appeared very much intact. For longtime labor advocates, Smalls’s firing seemed like one more example of a targeted dismissal that achieves its goal of scaring other workers away from organizing, even if it gets reversed.

When Smalls announced he ...