Bernie Sanders will travel to Alabama to meet with Amazon workers pushing to unionize amid his ongoing battle with Jeff Bezos

Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to Alabama on Friday to meet with Amazon workers.
The visit comes amid the final days of a union vote at Amazon’s Bessemer fulfillment center.
Sanders has criticized CEO Jeff Bezos several times in the past over his $184 billion fortune.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders will reportedly travel to Alabama this week to meet with Amazon workers attempting to unionize amid an ongoing battle with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to the Washington Post, CNN, and the Intercept, the Vermont senator will make the trip to Bessemer, Alabama, on Friday. Workers there have until March 29 to submit their votes on whether or not to form a union, which would be the first in Amazon’s history.
Representatives for Sanders and Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Sanders’ trip to Alabama is the latest developing in his clash with Bezos. During a Senate hearing earlier this month, Sanders criticized Bezos’ wealth and Amazon’s efforts to encourage workers to vote "no" on the union. Bezos declined an invitation to testify at the hearing, which was titled "The Income and Wealth Inequality Crisis in America."
"If he was with us this morning, I would ask him the following question … Mr. Bezos, you are worth $182 billion – that’s a B," Sanders said. "One hundred eighty-two billion dollars; you’re the wealthiest person in the world. Why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers in Bessemer, Alabama, from joining a union?"
Bezos’ net worth has since ticked up to $184 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s Index.
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Sanders has criticized Bezos’ wealth several times in the past, telling CNN this month that the CEO is the emblem of "unfettered capitalism" in America. Sanders has also put pressure on Bezos to raise the minimum wage for Amazon employees and introduced a bill in 2018 called Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or "Stop BEZOS." The bill did not receive a vote and died in Congress, but that same year, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Amazon and its Alabama union vote has drawn the attention of other politicians as well, including Sen. Marco Rubio, who came out in support of the union, and President Joe Biden, who said in a video that "there should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda" from employers.
Amazon has been staunchly opposed to the formation of the union, arguing that a union would only cost workers more money in dues and provide benefits Amazon already gives them. The company has aggressively advocated for employees to vote "no": Employees told Insider that Amazon started handing out "Vote No" pins and hosting frequent informational meetings about unions, in addition to airing anti-union ads on Twitch and placing anti-union signs in bathrooms.
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