â€œWe had no money,â€ recalls Derrick Palmer. â€œWe didn’thave advice. All we had was two tables and two tents. We said: ” You know what, let’s do a worker-led movement. Let’s just shoot our shot.” â€
Palmer, who works at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island, is vice president for organizing for the independent Amazon Labor Union (ALU). He and his co-workers shocked the world in March of 2022, when a grassroots operation, funded and organized by workers themselves, beat back an aggressive anti-worker campaign from one of the world’s largest and wealthiest corporations to establish the first-ever labor union at one of Amazon’s U.S. facilities.