According to a labour advocate, Amazon workers at a Staten Island sorting centre have been given permission to hold a vote on whether or not to unionise, in what would be the retailer’s second potential union election in New York.
According to Christian Smalls, the group’s head and a former Amazon employee, the National Labor Relations Board informed the Amazon Labor Union that it had a sufficient showing of interest to hold a vote.
According to Smalls, at least 30% of the facility’s 1,500 employees signed cards that were delivered to the NLRB.
During the company’s 28-year history, no Amazon worksite in the United States has voted in support of unionisation. Amazon, as the second-largest private employer in the United States, has long been a target for labour activists hoping that a single union victory will spur organising efforts across the country.
“We look forward to having our employees’ thoughts heard,” Amazon said in a statement. Our focus will continue to be on working closely with our employees to make Amazon a terrific place to work.”
During the company’s 28-year history, no Amazon worksite in the United States has voted in support of unionisation.
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The firm did not respond to a Reuters question about whether it would contest the authenticity of the cards, which could delay or prevent an election at the LDJ5 worksite.
Smalls is also spearheading attempts to organise JFK8, a larger Amazon warehouse nearby, where employees will vote on whether or not to unionise on March 25. A third contest, a replay of last year’s failed union organising push at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, is now open for voting.
In an interview, Smalls noted that the series of elections “shows the strength of workers when they come together.”