July 11, 2017

“Prime Day” for America to Consider Impact of Amazon’s Business Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents over one million retail workers, released the following statement on Amazon Prime Day:

“While Amazon touts its sales, today is a ‘prime day’ for America to examine the high cost of Amazon’s business model.

“Amazon’s brutal vision for retail is one where automation needlessly replaces good people and good jobs. With the proposed acquisition of Whole Foods, workers will undoubtedly lose jobs and their families will pay the price to enrich Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is already one of the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

“Today we should have a real debate about Amazon’s business practices. We need to confront this undeniable truth – what is good for Amazon, is bad for America’s hard-working men and women.” 

Over 800,000 members of the UFCW work in food retail. Perrone, wrote an op-ed for CNN explaining why Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods could lead to thousands of Whole Foods workers losing their jobs.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.