Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio and bipartisan group of senators push to make daylight saving time permanentThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – At 50 days in charge, Democrats hail American Rescue Plan as major winSenate GOP faces retirement brain drainMORE (R-Fla.) on Friday threw his support behind the Amazon workers in Alabama who are fighting to unionize, because he said the company “has decided to wage culture war against working-class values”

“The Silicon Valley titan uses anticompetitive strategies to crush small businesses, bans conservative books and blocks traditional charities from participating in its AmazonSmile program. Not surprisingly, it has also bowed to China’s censorship demands,” he wrote in a USA Today op-ed.

He is the first prominent Republican to come out in support of the unionization efforts, though he framed his backing as a move to keep in check a company that is “headquartered in America, but it considers itself a citizen of the world.”

Heres my standard: When the conflict is between working Americans and a company whose leadership has decided to wage culture war against working-class values, the choice is easy I support the workers. And thats why I stand with those at Amazons Bessemer warehouse today, Rubio wrote.

The senator sharply criticized the tech giant, which had a banner year in growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For decades, companies like Amazon have been allies of the left in the culture war, but when their bottom line is threatened they turn to conservatives to save them. Republicans have rightly understood the dangers posed by the unchecked influence of labor unions. Adversarial relations between labor and management are wrong. They are wrong for both workers and our nations economic competitiveness, he wrote.

But the days of conservatives being taken for granted by the business community are over, the Florida Republican added.

“Uniquely malicious corporate behavior like Amazons justifies a more adversarial approach to labor relations. It is no fault of Amazons workers if they feel the only option available to protect themselves against bad faith is to form a union. Today it might be workplace conditions, but tomorrow it might be a requirement that the workers embrace managements latest ‘woke’ human resources fad,” Rubio said.

President BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Nation rallies for Biden on his COVID-19 responseDemocrats debate fast-track for infrastructure packageJapanese prime minister expected to be Biden’s first foreign visit at White HouseMORE last month came out in solidarity with the Amazon workers. About 6,000 workers in the Alabama facility began voting in early February about whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Union President Stuart Appelbaum thanked Rubio for his support, CNBC reported.

Senator Rubios support demonstrates that the best way for working people to achieve dignity and respect in the workplace is through unionization, Applebaum said. This should not be a partisan issue.