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A group of Amazon warehouse employees in Staten Island, New York, announced Thursday its plan to file for a union election, which could kick-start the second serious unionization effort within the retail giant in less than a year.
Amazon succeeded in squelching a unionization effort in Alabama earlier this year, the first attempt in the United States. The drive, however, drew support from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and independent socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, generating nationwide interest.
The Amazon Labor Union, an independent group of warehouse workers, said more than 2,000 employees within four Amazon workspaces in Staten Island have expressed support for unionizing and that the group plans to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board next week.
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Amazon has denied the allegations. In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Monday, lawmakers on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee are asking the e-commerce giant to correct the record and provide "exculpatory evidence" to corroborate prior testimony and statements made to the committee.
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If the group's vote request is approved by the NLRB, the process for unionization would start.
“This is truly a remarkable historical moment for all Amazon workers all over the country,” the group said in a statement. “ALU has already broken barriers and will continue to do so, but we’re not getting complacent. We now need the support of the communities more than ever as our fight is just getting started.”
Amazon said it would respect its workers' choices to join a union or not but added that a union is not a good idea for its employees.
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“Every day we empower people to find ways to improve their jobs, and when they do that we want to make those changes — quickly,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel told CNBC in a statement. “That type of continuous improvement is harder to do quickly and nimbly with unions in the middle.”
Bid to unionize Amazon workers in New York nears milestone
NEW YORK (AP) — A bid to unionize Amazon workers at a distribution center in New York City neared an important milestone, as organizers prepared to deliver hundreds of signatures to the National Labor Relations Board as soon as Monday for authorization to hold a vote. Organizers say they have collected signatures from more than 2,000 employees at four Amazon facilities in Staten Island. The bid to establish the Amazon Labor Union in New York City is the second attempt in the past year to form a union at the nation's largest online retailer.
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Amazon workers in Alabama may vote again on forming a union .
The NLRB has yet to issue a formal decision on an election redo. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) -- which sought to represent Amazon workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, fulfillment center -- filed objections to the union election shortly after the closely watched vote earlier this year. Amazon warehouse workers voted not to form a labor union in April, a move many labor activists regarded as a major blow to the already beleaguered organized labor movement in the U.S.