After Battling Trump, Billionaire Bezos Breaks With Trump Over Unions | The Beat With Ari Melber

After Battling Trump, Billionaire Bezos Breaks With Trump Over Unions | The Beat With Ari Melber 1

 

President Biden has explicitly backed the efforts of Amazon workers trying to unionize in Alabama, despite the company's attempts to defeat the drive. Meanwhile, the House has approved a sweeping pro-union bill. MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on the significance of this new bill and the battle workers face as unions have largely receded from Democratic party policies and American life. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ). Aired on 03/10/2021.
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70 Comments on "After Battling Trump, Billionaire Bezos Breaks With Trump Over Unions | The Beat With Ari Melber"

  1. We’re literally asking for nothing and they still feel the need to crack down.

  2. Go middle class! Wealth inequality is the root of many of the problems in the USA

    • @Joutube Moutube how is he stupid??? Please explain

    • jean reynolds | March 14, 2021 at 11:09 PM | Reply

      Just like in Russia, 98% starving, and 2% own everything. That is where we were headed. Amazon, WellsFargo, Walmart,and etc CEOs should all be taken out and shot because of dark money. LOL

    • @jean reynolds well I don’t think they should be shot. They are not all bad. And they provide good services. But I think they should pay the workers better and give them benefits. And they should pay more taxes. And they will still be billionaires. We need economic justice and not charity. And much less economic inequality

    • jean reynolds | March 15, 2021 at 1:27 AM | Reply

      @James Lade I was joking, but the Russians shot the Zara and his family. No middle class leads to bad things.

    • @jean reynolds yeah you’re right. Wealth inequality leads to many bad things including crime, violence, revolution…. and so it’s in everyone’s interest to have a more fair system. Including in the best interest of the rich

  3. Weird how Bezos insists on in-person voting for his own elections,

    • @kenneth bower Oh, they definitely can, it’s just really hard to do at scale so it’s not really a major security risk.

    • kenneth bower | March 11, 2021 at 9:35 AM | Reply

      @Kood Scood how would you propose we do it?
      My opinion is that all voting needs to be done in person on Election Day if it’s to complicated or hard to get a state issued id to bad …
      There is almost nothing in modern society that you can’t do without valid id id some sort ..
      Amazing people get ones to buy cigarettes alcohol and open Checkin accounts to deposit welfare checks don’t they?

    • You would think AWS could easily do something so they don’t have to vote in person…I wonder if they verify the count and what is acceptable fraud in these votes??

    • @hank hill France? The most liberal country? Lol.

    • dryhumor foe | March 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM | Reply

      @kenneth bower Yes. And they vote too.

  4. Scott Pecorino | March 10, 2021 at 10:49 PM | Reply

    Just waiting for Amazon to pay Federal taxes

    • @kenneth bower
      I paid more per gallon for fuel in 1999 than you do today.. And I ran more miles too.

    • It’s criminal that Amazon gets so mlm uch money but pays no taxes.

    • kenneth bower | March 14, 2021 at 3:19 PM | Reply

      @Radicaleyes if you paid more in 99 than we are now I’m not sure what part of the world your in …
      I was a cow hauler 2 rounds a week sauderton pa Mopac packing to embers packing In Milwaukee wi so I’ll put my miles up against yours any day…

    • @kenneth bower
      You were in my general neighborhood around Milwaukee.. I tossed out my old log books a few years ago but generally put on 125-140k (which is difficult to do when you have to deal with GPS systems and automatic logs)…but my best year was one where I only did 88k with a step deck and gooseneck hauling out of Oshkosh to various military bases during the build up to the gulf wars.

      In case you forgot, diesel was around $4 per gallon in the late 90’s no matter where you were.. Maybe a bit less in the southern gulf of Mexico, but even more in the west coast.

    • @kenneth bower
      And prior to that I was doing two rounds out to PA and NJ, back to West Bend, WI myself.. My butt is still calloused thanks to I-94, so I don’t envy your route.
      I know where Embers and Usingers are.. I lived on 36th and National for a while. You can keep your critters. 👍

  5. Kate williams | March 10, 2021 at 11:05 PM | Reply

    Than you have bosses who Literally will FIRE someone instantly for a “made up reason” just because they talked about making a union. That needs to be stopped, and fines.

    • Mdlclassguy Mdlclassguy | March 11, 2021 at 1:58 PM | Reply

      @Marz — your full of crap, everything you said is wrong, and your premise of unions being unproductive is the most outlandish, you have a problem with democracy, because that’s what unionism is

    • ​@James Kenyon A co. can rid workers who decide to unionzie, given notice ahead. then hire non union people. Unions can hinder a co, today. Yet. Ive worked at co’s where the boss deceives or oversteps boundaries. (then I had to keep emails for proof, etc) Yes – some JERK bosses and co’s are out there.!

    • James Kenyon | March 12, 2021 at 1:19 AM | Reply

      @Marz If not for unions many companies would pay their employees dirt wages if they got paid at all. This reminds me of the late Tennessee Ernie Ford’s words, “I owe my soul to the company store” talking about the coal miners who worked for companies that charged them so much that they had nothing at the end of the month and had to to to the company store each month just to get enough food for their families.

    • Yeppers, good call Kate, it’s suppose to be illegal but it happens all the time.

    • James Kenyon | March 15, 2021 at 6:27 PM | Reply

      @Diana Beebe Yes it does and all to much, however I am proud of both of you fro at least speaking up about this.

  6. Andre Desrosiers | March 11, 2021 at 12:44 AM | Reply

    The only label we’ve seen for years is “Made in China”. Vote union YES.

    • David Guelette | March 12, 2021 at 2:12 PM | Reply

      @Andre Desrosiers trump stated that GM Ford, and Chrysler should move all work to southern anti union states until the UAW was broken, and only then move back into their own factory’s. He’s always been anti worker.

    • @David Guelette “anti worker” is the last thing he is. He created thousands more jobs bc he is for work and sufficiency. There are a lot of limitations from the union which is why it’s not always the best route to take.

    • David Guelette | March 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM | Reply

      @Story Cloud there’s a reason wages have been stagnant since the Reagan days when the country was 39 % union. We are now at 10 %.and pensions have disappeared along with health care and health and safety bargaining.

    • Andre Desrosiers | March 12, 2021 at 10:59 PM | Reply

      @David Guelette Absolutely correct. And the uneducated didn’t see the bait and switch of the con job. “I love the uneducated” – Donald J. Trump.

    • Andre Desrosiers | March 13, 2021 at 9:53 AM | Reply

      @Tonny Stalk Yes, true. But I allot a certain amount of time to troll the trolls. Keeps me sharp! 👍☮️

  7. This is one way Progressives have made an impact…

  8. Daniel Palma | March 11, 2021 at 4:33 AM | Reply

    It should be required that any company seeking tax breaks must first pass on a percentage of its profits to all its employees equally.

  9. Someone like Bezos is an insult to justice, to fairness, to human values.

    • Lord Mitchell | March 11, 2021 at 6:08 PM | Reply

      He provided a service. He’s a smart man he can do it again. Time calls for it. He will be ok.

    • He’s fine. He just took advantage of a system that encourages such behavior. If big companies paid their fair share (which includes livable wages) then things would be much better. The SYSTEM is an insult to the things you listed.

    • Are we sure about that?
      I’m union 100%
      But is bezos really anti union or just wary of the crime and bs politix that came with it, always, before?
      Just wondering mostly. Unions can be great great social levelers. We really need them.
      But we don’t need the crime and political corruption that was always mixed in. It was so disheartning to see how that always corrupted even the good people fighting for fairness.
      Bring in the new unions. Leave out the old corruption

    • Goodest Leader Feb 2020: Jeff Bezos, CEO and President of Amazon.com Inc.
      When Jeff Bezos’s name appears in the headlines, it is not always for positive reasons. However, news that Amazon’s CEO and President has pledged $10 billion to preserve and protect the environment through the establishment of the Bezos Earth Fund has been widely praised. The Bezos Earth Fund will start distributing its funds in the summer, with money going to activists, scientists and NGOs with the explicit purpose of protecting the environment.
      Bravo Bezos.

    • Werner Tutsch | March 15, 2021 at 3:59 AM | Reply

      It is not that easy…..Just think about the jobs he created……

  10. No company making that much money should have any employees on food stamps or other assistance.

    • @Thomas If you need two jobs just to eat, then the jobs you’re working are worthless.

    • Mark Thompson | March 15, 2021 at 10:10 AM | Reply

      @Thomas you must be touched in the head. People shouldn’t have to work 2 jobs to make a living. Capitalism has ruined this country. Inflation has increased and continues to increase with CEO and board wages continuing to increase while they continue to exercise the “right to work” rhetoric and keep regular employee wages down and stagnant. Again, people shouldn’t have to work 2 jobs just to make a living in this country.

    • english steve | March 16, 2021 at 1:16 PM | Reply

      @Thomas Because it’s always just as easy as falling off a log, right ?
      What do you say to the homeless ? “Don’t be homeless, why don’t you buy a house”? say’s Thomas. “Oh yeah, why didn’t I think of that” say all the homeless. – jeez

    • motorcity Mayhem | March 17, 2021 at 6:58 AM | Reply

      @Thomas just the point we are trying to make…..you shouldn’t have to work 2 or 3 jobs at a time to make ends meet. There was a time in this country where you could technically support a family as a school janitor.

    • ECE 31 SHRIRAM G | March 17, 2021 at 8:28 AM | Reply

      @Thomas as if jobs are as abundant as the drops of an ocean.

  11. ive had union and non union jobs, the union job WAS ALWAYS BETTER

  12. i’m not anti-capitalist and someone like bezos who started a business from scratch and provides a lot of jobs should make more money but such a huge difference is unacceptable. the workers are the backbone of a business. people need better wages, paid maternity leave, paid vacation, paid sick leave…
    bernie sanders is the best politician for america’s future.

    • Tony's Pizzeria | March 14, 2021 at 11:54 PM | Reply

      I work at Amazon in a very liberal state. And I know for sure we do get paid sick time. It’s like 20 hours a month or something like that. We do get paid vacation. But you build it as you work there. But wages could be better. I wouldn’t ever turn down more money. However I wish insurance was free. We do get options of insurance. But that gets taken out of the paycheck. And if I’m not wrong most jobs are like this. I need free government health care. I purposely did not go to urgent care even though I was not feeling so well because it was $250 copay just to go. And it would be 3 days until I would see a doctor. I never ended up going to a doctor anyways. But I never should feel stressed out that if I get hurt I’ll have to pay $500 out of pocket just to get the help I need.
      But I agree I voted for Bernie in 2020. I wish America would just been smarter with their decision. I seriously cannot see who even voted for Joe Biden. Like what were they thinking? But sadly he’s getting too old now. I think we should get AOC to run in 24 or 28.

    • @Tony’s Pizzeria hope you’re feeling better. can you imagine what it’s like for a single mother raising kids and working 2 jobs?

    • Any manager of any gas station and low wage job businesses must be processed for criminal assault if he or she manhandles an employee. Cameras must record every movement of owners. And sued if they take employee tips.

    • @Tony’s Pizzeria “what were they thinking?” He’s not Trump, that’s what. Thank goodness.

  13. The money amazon makes,he could afford to pay all his workers a decent wage,a decent bonus and pay tax,and still have more money the he could spend in a 1000 lifetimes.

  14. Edward Schneider | March 11, 2021 at 6:55 PM | Reply

    ” There is no greater misfortune than Greed.” ~ Lao Tzu

  15. If you look at the numbers, when Reagan attacked Unions, the middle class have suffered greatly and people are making less no than they did 30 + years ago. That is why raising the minimum wage and allowing Unions to represent the workers to protect the workers with fair language that provides a better working environment. Republicans will want to reverse al that of course because it wouldn’t be right to allow hard working Americans to enjoy a better future for themselves and their families.

  16. Annette youtube | March 12, 2021 at 2:24 PM | Reply

    Remember Ben and Jerry’s ice cream?
    They had a pay-scale formula: the top wage earners (themselves) could not earn so many percentage points higher than their lowest paid employee.

    How much money (greed) does one person need to hoard?

  17. Charisse Rempel | March 12, 2021 at 3:31 PM | Reply

    Unions level the playing field. About time.

    • Depends on the union. Some grows too powerful and greedy. Then other people suffers in the end. Because they are protected by those unions.

  18. Jeffrey Photonboy | March 12, 2021 at 10:03 PM | Reply

    *Ted Cruz* “We’re the Workers Party!”
    *Amazon workers* “We need better pay and working conditions… let’s form a Union”
    *Ted Cruz* “… do you like green eggs and ham?”

  19. Mr. Greenjeans | March 12, 2021 at 10:59 PM | Reply

    Being rich is one thing. Giving to charity is also another thing. 
    But the fair distribution of wealth is important to maintain the middle class. Unions help to see to that.
    The Reagan era of union busting is coming to an end.

    • Observer Observer | March 14, 2021 at 10:02 AM | Reply

      Then they claim back tax benefits for giving to charity. No kindness here! Nothing to see!🤔😡

  20. Cmdr Obbert42 | March 13, 2021 at 4:24 PM | Reply

    Let’s see how Wal-mart responds…they are leaders in antiunion efforts.

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