The Nationwide Labor Relations Board has authorized a union election at a second Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, opening a brand new entrance within the rising challenges to the corporate’s labor mannequin.
The company knowledgeable the corporate on Wednesday that the brand new Amazon Labor Union on Staten Island had collected sufficient signatures to show enough curiosity in holding an election at a warehouse often known as LDJ5, stated Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker who’s main the organizing effort there.
Amazon is already going through an in-person union vote from March 25 to 30 at JFK8, a large neighboring warehouse, in addition to an election at one other firm warehouse this month in Bessemer, Ala., outdoors Birmingham. Mr. Smalls stated the logistics of the most recent Staten Island voting can be hashed out at a listening to on the company on March 14.
Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for Amazon, stated the corporate was trying “ahead to having our staff’ voices heard.” She added that the corporate was targeted “on working immediately with our group to make Amazon an important place to work.”
Final 12 months, employees on the Alabama warehouse voted in opposition to becoming a member of a union, however the labor company threw out the outcome after discovering Amazon had improperly interfered with the election.
In a message despatched to staff on the LDJ5 warehouse on Wednesday shortly after the company’s determination, Amazon sought to influence employees in opposition to siding with the fledgling union. The union “will proceed to vow you issues like higher pay and advantages simply to get your assist,” however “you possibly can find yourself with the identical, roughly than what you’ve gotten now” whereas paying union dues, the message stated.
Mr. Smalls stated the notion that employees would find yourself with much less on account of becoming a member of the union was a “blatant lie” and was not efficient. “We undoubtedly know Amazon goes to unfold anti-union propaganda, however that’s to be anticipated,” he stated.