Your Shopping Sabotages Labor Rights!

6 min readDec 15, 2021

Here’s what you need to know

You may not know or care about unions but they affect your life and you affect theirs. Your everyday activities are surrounded by them and every consumer transaction you make is an upvote or downvote for them.

Historically unions have been the bad guys for corporations. The rise of Industrial America brought working conditions so inhumane that workers started labor movements to protect their health and safety. The idea of a 5 day work week didn’t exist, nor did minimum wage. Workers were no better than slaves in many cases and were disposable.

For workers, unionization protects them from exploitation. Since the early 1980s unions have been systematically destroyed. Their power has been limited and yet many workers’ lives literally depend on belonging to organized labor.

The pandemic has brought about a resurgence of unionization and worker rights. Why does that affect you?

How You Play A Part

Every square inch of the United States is a hub of commerce. From trucking, shipping, air freight, and more. Commerce makes your home run, your refrigerator full, and gives you employment. Since the pandemic, people have relied heavily on unionized workers to bring food and household necessities to their homes.

Your daily shopping determines whether you support the corporation or the worker. By buying goods and services from a company the has unfair labor practices, you’re agreeing that’s okay. You’re also giving them your money so they can make a big profit and continue to exploit their workers.

Every Time You Shop You’re Sabotaging A Worker

Every act of shopping you have intersects with workers and their rights to humane working conditions. It doesn’t matter if it’s blue or white-collar jobs.

When you shop at Amazon the warehouse workers are working under dangerous conditions to fill your order and get it shipped immediately. An excerpt from ‘We deserve more’: an Amazon warehouse's high-stakes drive

“I thought safety at the plant would be better,” Richardson said. “And when it comes to letting people go for no reason — job security — I thought it…