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Amazon workers at second NYC plant have a chance at a union vote

Amazon workers at a Staten Island sorting center have been given the green light to vote on whether to unionize in a second potential union election for the New York retailer, according to a union attorney.

The Amazon Labor Union was informed by the National Labor Relations Board that it had shown enough interest to hold a vote, said Christian Smalls, the group’s leader and a former Amazon employee.

Smalls said at least 30% of the approximately 1,500 people at the facility had signed cards delivered to the NLRB.

No Amazon workplace in the United States has voted to unionize in the company’s 28-year history. As the second largest private US employer, Amazon has long been the focus of union officials hoping for a single union victory will trigger organizational efforts across the country.

Amazon said in a statement: “We look forward to our employees’ voices being heard. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work.”

A woman works at a distribution station in the 855,000 square foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island.
No Amazon workplace in the US has voted to unionize in the company’s 28-year history.
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The company declined to respond to a Reuters query whether it disputed the validity of the cards, which could delay or halt an election at the site called LDJ5.

Smalls is also leading efforts to do so Organize a larger Amazon warehouse nearbyJFK8, whose workers will vote on whether to unionize starting March 25. Voting in a third contest — a repeat of last year’s failed union organizing campaign at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama — is now underway.

The election series “shows the power of workers when they come together,” Smalls said in an interview.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/03/amazon-workers-at-second-nyc-plant-get-chance-at-union-vote/ Amazon workers at second NYC plant have a chance at a union vote

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