Amazon Union Vote for Staten Island Warehouses Clears a Hurdle

A fledgling union of workers at 4 Amazon warehouses on Staten Island demonstrated on Monday that that they had sufficient employee curiosity to carry an election to kind a union, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board stated. The company’s willpower lays the groundwork for the second unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse in lower than a yr.

For months, the organizers behind the union push have been amassing signatures on playing cards that should be submitted to the labor company to request a vote. Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker main the trouble, stated late final week that he anticipated submitting greater than 2,000 worker signatures, although he declined to reveal the ultimate rely.

The labor board decided that the submission represents at the very least 30 % of the proposed bargaining unit, in line with Kayla Blado, the press secretary for the labor board. Within the coming days, Amazon should notify staff on the services through textual content notifications and signage of the union petition, and the company will maintain a listening to in mid-November, the place Amazon can contest which jobs must be included within the bargaining unit and the phrases of the election.

“I’ve little question in my thoughts that we’re good,” Mr. Smalls stated.

Amazon was “skeptical {that a} adequate variety of reputable worker signatures has been secured to warrant an election,” Kelly Nantel, an organization spokeswoman, stated in a press release. “If there’s an election, we would like the voice of our workers to be heard and sit up for it. Our focus stays on listening on to our workers and repeatedly bettering on their behalf.”

The Staten Island effort is being organized by present and former Amazon staff aiming to kind a brand new unbiased union, referred to as the Amazon Labor Union, targeted solely on the nation’s second-largest employer.

An election at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama early this yr, supported by a nationwide retail staff union, was unsuccessful. However the labor company is contemplating throwing out the outcomes of that election due to Amazon’s anti-union measures. Amazon has stated it could attraction if the vote is invalidated.

Monday’s submission is the results of six months of organizing targeted on a large Staten Island warehouse, referred to as JFK8, that serves as Amazon’s key pipeline to New York Metropolis and employs greater than 5,000 individuals. Over time, the organizers prolonged their push to incorporate three smaller Amazon services in the identical industrial park.

Employees at JFK8 have accused Amazon of illegally interfering with their organizing rights. Employees attorneys on the labor board have discovered some benefit to additional pursue three of their instances and remains to be investigating six further instances, the company stated.

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