Who is Christian Smalls, the Amazon American labor leader? | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW

“We’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t,” — that’s what Christian Smalls, the interim president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), often preaches to his colleagues. “If we try and we lose and we fail, but people see that we continue to fight and fight and fight, there’s nothing they can say about us,” he told DW in a recent interview.

In April, the ALU unionized the first Amazon warehouse in the United States. With the megacorporation poised to become the largest private sector employer in the country, it was one of the most significant wins for the American labor movement in decades. 

Motivated by his former employer’s “mistreatment of him and his co-workers,” Smalls is making a name for himself as an emergent labor leader in a country where they are few and far between.

The ALU and Christian Smalls (center) celebrate their success, but the pressure is on to keep on winning and defend what they’ve won.

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