Amazon called for a rerun of an election on Friday after workers at a Staten Island warehouse voted to form the company’s first U.S. labor union, claiming in a statement that actions by the U.S. Department of Labor and labor organizations were suppressing the vote and the Employees would have denied their election vote.
The Amazon Labor Union rejected the allegations by the online retailer, which is the second largest private employer in the United States.
Amazon made its request a week after a landmark victory by organized labor, which for years has tried to protect workers at the company. About 55% of employees who voted from Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island chose to join the ALU, which advocates for higher wages and job security. Voter turnout was around 58%.
Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in a statement: “We want our employees to be heard and in this case that didn’t happen – less than a third of the employees at the site voted for the union.”
Amazon also accused the ALU of intimidating workers and distributing marijuana to win votes in its favor, according to a company filing on Friday.
ALU vice president Derrick Palmer said Amazon is trying to “degrade our character and undermine our efforts.”
The National Labor Relations Board must now deal with Amazon’s objections before confirming the election result. The timing for this was not immediately clear.
In its filing, Amazon said the NLRB unlawfully helped the ALU get its way to holding an election and gave the impression that it supported the union. Amazon also accused the NLRB of impeding voter turnout by mismanaging the voting area and allowing camera crews on the ground, which deterred voters.
An NLRB spokesman declined to comment on those objections, but the board previously said it was independent and that its enforcement actions against Amazon were consistent with its congressional mandate.
The ALU contested Amazon’s claims, saying the company did not dispute the low turnout in a previous Alabama union election in which workers voted against organizing. The ALU said it was Amazon that intimidated workers and the union had filed dozens of charges of unfair labor practices against the company.
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