The #ForThePeopleAct is an historic voting rights protection bill. But it is also an historic anti-corruption bill that would end dark money in politics.

@JasonKander explains how the bill gives working people power in our democracy.
When @JasonKander ran for Senate in 2016, anonymous big donors funded waves of attack ads against him.

“Dark money is one of the chief reasons why our democracy is in such disrepair at the moment," he says.
.@JaneMayerNYer reported the Koch network is afraid the #ForThePeopleAct polls well with Dems, Republicans and Independents.

"The Koch brothers are afraid of the For the People Act because it levels the playing field," says @JasonKander.…
In states like Missouri, Kander says that billionaires are more powerful than our elected officials.

Right now, billionaires and corporations can fund attack ads against politicians without ever disclosing their contributions. The For The People Act would change that.
The For The People Act recently passed the House and now moves to the Senate.

Now Democrats face a choice: Will they end the filibuster, pass this historic bill, and put power into the hands of working people? Or will they stand on the side of billionaires and corporations?

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8 Apr
BREAKING: More Perfect Union has obtained emails showing that Amazon privately pressured USPS to install an illegal ballot dropbox during the union election in Bessemer, AL.

The emails directly contradict public statements by USPS about the box's origins.

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The emails were obtained through a FOIA request by @RWDSU.

Many of the exchanges have been almost entirely redacted & any mentions of Amazon officials has been removed.

But here are some key findings that we have been able to glean from the FOIA. ImageImageImageImage
First, we learn that beginning Jan 8—one month before the union vote begins—Amazon repeatedly calls USPS’s “strategic account manager” to say they want to install their own box.

USPS team deliberates Amazon's request and says a “private box may not be utilized.” Image
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7 Apr
The Citizens United decision let corporations and billionaires spend unlimited money on elections—without disclosing it.

The #ForThePeopleAct gives us a chance to break their hold over our government.
“Raising money becomes the full-time job of just about everybody who runs for office. You become like a full-time telemarketer fundraiser.”

@JasonKander explains how For The People Act would give people from working class backgrounds a chance to run for office.
"When I served in Afghanistan, my job was to do anti-corruption and anti-espionage investigations. And then I came home and I got elected to the state legislature, and I was so disappointed to find out how many similarities there actually were."
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7 Apr
UPDATE: The public portion of the Amazon union vote could begin today.

Win or lose, one thing is clear: Amazon ran an unrelenting union-busting campaign. Just as it has done elsewhere.

The NLRB found Amazon has illegally retaliated against dozens of workers for speaking out.
Since the pandemic began, 37 workers across 20 cities have filed complaints with the @NLRB accusing Amazon of interfering with their rights as workers.

"That’s a more than 3x increase since 2019 and 6x increase since 2018."…
The NLRB has already ruled in favor of many Amazon workers who say they were punished for speaking out against unsafe conditions.

Amazon illegally fired two tech workers at HQ for setting up an event with warehouse workers to share their concerns.…
Read 9 tweets
30 Mar
Amazon warehouse workers expose the sexist working conditions they deal with every day.

Women are given impossibly short bathroom breaks, forced to choose between their families and jobs, and face routine sexual harassment.

They voted union YES to change that.
Workers face unpredictable schedules and are often forced to come into work last minute—leaving them scrambling to find childcare or risk being fired.

Linda Burns told us: “You have to choose between picking up your kids or picking up a package.”
Workers have two 30min breaks per 10hr shift. Break rooms and bathrooms are often a “football field” away. Outside of these breaks, workers are penalized for taking too much Time Off Task.
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30 Mar
Today is the final day for warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, to vote on whether to form the first Amazon union in the United States.

More Perfect Union has been on the ground in Bessemer with labor reporter @GrimKim covering this historic campaign.…
We gave a platform to Amazon workers to tell their own stories and talk about their working conditions and why they wanted a union.
We covered Amazon’s extensive union busting campaign, and broke the news that Amazon even had county officials change traffic light patterns to stifle union organizing.
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29 Mar
An army of purported Amazon warehouse workers has suddenly appeared on Twitter to defend the company’s union busting and brutal working conditions.

@JayCarney, their well-paid chief spokesperson, still hasn’t commented on extensive allegations of union busting.
Jay Carney is Amazon's VP of Policy and Press.

He praised collective bargaining rights when he was Obama's White House Press Secretary, but he has been silent for months.

These accounts have said more about the company's stance on unions than he has.
Amazon's supposed warehouse workers all use the same bio:

“(Job titles) @(warehouse shorthand location). (Duration) Amazonian. (2- or 3-item list of things they like.)”
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