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'Thank Jeff Bezos for Space Trips': Amazon Labour Union Founder Has an Iconic Message

Chris Smalls celebrates with champagne after getting the voting results to unionize the Amazon warehouse on Staten Island. (Credits: AP)

Chris Smalls celebrates with champagne after getting the voting results to unionize the Amazon warehouse on Staten Island. (Credits: AP)

After the Staten Island victory, Christian Smalls' celebratory remark 'thanking' Jeff Bezos went viral on social media.

The union at one of Amazon’s warehouses in New York tasted a victory on April 1 that could bring about seismic shifts in the US labour movement. Led by Christian Smalls, the union won an election in Staten Island, reports Bloomberg Quint. Only two years ago, Amazon.com Inc.’s general counsel had termed fired employee and labour activist Smalls in these terms: “(not) smart or articulate”. After the Staten Island victory, Smalls’ celebratory remark went viral on social media as a symbol of the win. He said, “We want to thank Jeff Bezos for going to space because while he was up there we were signing people up.” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ wealth and trips to space have been repeatedly coming under fire from the general public of late. Smalls’ Amazon Labor Union has won the election at just one warehouse, and the company will reportedly contest the outcome fiercely. Social media users, however, seem to think that it’s quite the beginning for Smalls.

Recently, US Senator Bernie Sanders slammed American billionaires in a recent speech, stating, “Anyone who thinks we do not have an oligarchy right here in America is sorely mistaken”. His speech soon went viral on social media, with many users joining him in his decrial of billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson- their space trips, superyachts and mansions- even as others disagreed with him as to what constitutes an oligarchy. Branson, it is to be noted, is an English billionaire. “Multi-billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson are off taking joy rides on their rocket ships to outer space. They are buying $500 million superyachts,” Bernie said in his speech.

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first published:April 02, 2022, 16:29 IST