Here’s the thing, all the stones that are thrown at Amazon (unfair labor practices, price fixing, environmental burdens, monopolizing the industry) can also be said of many other large corporations. Walmart for instance, has one of the worst track records of unfair labor practices. Target onboards new employees by showing them an anti-union video to threaten and keep union organizing at bay. And all the paper products we are hoarding right now (toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes) as well as chemicals for cleaning and sanitizing during this fight against COVID-19 are primarily made by the Koch Industries – owned and managed by the most aggressive anti-public education people on the planet today.
Buying local is the best for everyone. Your GEA AdvoCats agree that this is the most economical and sustainable way to go in advocating for fair labor practices, economic growth in our communities, and environmental protection. For this negotiated item this year, we admit to holding our noses while agreeing to something that will be beneficial and convenient for District processes. We only hope you will understand in this instance, use your Teacher Wallet as best you can, and buy local for everything else!