By Dave Jamieson
President Joe Biden acknowledged the historic labor victory at Amazon during a speech to union members and leaders on Wednesday, making what appeared to be a call to continue organizing the world’s largest online retailer.
Biden was speaking to a conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington, D.C., about the importance of collective bargaining when he leaned into the microphone, smiled and said, “By the way.”
“Amazon, here we come,” he said, drawing raucous cheers.
Last Friday, a new independent union called the Amazon Labor Union won a historic election at an Amazon warehouse in New York City, with workers voting 2,654 to 2,131 in favor of unionizing. If the results are certified, it will be the first union inside Amazon’s U.S. operations. The e-commerce giant had run an aggressive but ultimately unsuccessful campaign against the union.