A fledgling union of staff at 4 Amazon warehouses on Staten Island demonstrated on Monday that they’d sufficient employee curiosity to carry an election to kind a union, the National Labor Relations Board mentioned. The company’s dedication lays the groundwork for the second unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse in lower than a 12 months.
For months, the organizers behind the union push have been gathering signatures on playing cards that have to be submitted to the labor company to request a vote. Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker main the hassle, mentioned late final week that he anticipated submitting greater than 2,000 worker signatures, although he declined to reveal the ultimate depend.
The labor board decided that the submission represents at the very least 30 % of the proposed bargaining unit, based on Kayla Blado, the press secretary for the labor board. In the approaching days, Amazon should notify staff on the amenities by way of 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 ought to be included within the bargaining unit and the phrases of the election.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we’re good,” Mr. Smalls mentioned.
Amazon was “skeptical that a sufficient number of legitimate employee signatures has been secured to warrant an election,” Kelly Nantel, an organization spokeswoman, mentioned in an announcement. “If there is an election, we want the voice of our employees to be heard and look forward to it. Our focus remains on listening directly to our employees and continuously improving 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 12 months, supported by a nationwide retail staff union, was unsuccessful. But the labor company is contemplating throwing out the outcomes of that election due to Amazon’s anti-union measures. Amazon has mentioned it might enchantment 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 City and employs greater than 5,000 folks. Over time, the organizers prolonged their push to incorporate three smaller Amazon amenities in the identical industrial park.
Workers at JFK8 have accused Amazon of illegally interfering with their organizing rights. Staff legal professionals on the labor board have discovered some advantage to additional pursue three of their circumstances and remains to be investigating six further circumstances, the company mentioned.