Amazon accused a new union at one of its New York warehouses of threatening workers if they didn’t vote to organize, an allegation that a lawyer for the workers’ group called “really absurd.”
The National Labor Relations Board has given Amazon until April 22 to bolster its objections to last week’s election in which Staten Island workers voted to create the company’s first American union. Amazon asked for additional time to present evidence because its objections were “substantial,” according to a filing filed Wednesday.
A confirmed election result would give organized labor a foothold at the second largest private employer in the United States, with the potential to transform the way Amazon manages its finely tuned operations.
About 55% of the workers who voted at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island chose to join the Amazon Labor Union, which demands higher wages and job security. Since the finding, US workers from an additional 50 buildings have contacted the union, the group’s leader said.
Amazon’s planned objections to the result include that ALU disrupted employees in the queue and that long waits depressed turnout, Amazon’s filing said. Around 58% of those entitled to vote cast their votes in person over a period of several days.
Eric Milner, an attorney at law firm Simon & Milner representing ALU, dismissed Amazon’s claims as false and said they would be overruled.
“To say that the Amazon Union threatened workers is really absurd,” he said. “The Amazon Labor Union are Amazon employees.”
The ALU has brought various charges of unfair labor practices against Amazon’s conduct.
The retailer faces a high bar if it can prove that ALU not only violated rules governing how it works with employees, but that those violations affected the outcome, said John Logan, a professor of labor law at San Francisco State University . The NLRB also usually treats alleged employer abuses more seriously than alleged union misconduct because companies have greater power over workers, he said in a phone interview.
“It’s going to be really tough” for Amazon, he said.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/07/amazon-objects-to-union-victory-at-staten-island-warehouse/ Amazon rejects union victory at Staten Island warehouse