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POTE - How the Amazon Labor Union Fights Back (Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 7:00pm

133 S. 36th Street, Auditorium (Basement)
In-person event. Please register here.

IN AN ERA WHEN CONDITIONS HAVE WORSENED for many workers, the American labor movement has surged in sectors old (teachers) and new (baristas). But while the movement has had notable wins, ultimate success depends on fighting every step of the way, from gaining union recognition to negotiating contracts, all in the face of unrelenting opposition from companies who do not hesitate to spend great deals of money on dirty tactics. Nobody understands this better than CHRIS SMALLS and DERRICK PALMER, co-founders of the Amazon Labor Union. As part of the Politics on the Edge series sponsored by the Mitchell Center and the Penn Philomathean Society, Smalls and Palmer discuss how they won an landmark victory against the most powerful corporation on Earth – and what the next steps are as the fight continues, both at Amazon and throughout the nation.

CHRIS SMALLS and DERRICK PALMER are currently the President and Vice President of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). Together they were named two of Time's 100 most influential people of 2022.