Staten Island Workers Vote to Form Amazon’s First Union

Amazon employees in Staten Island have voted to build the company’s first union warehouse.

CNBC reports that approximately 8,325 employees of the JFK8 fulfillment center were eligible to vote on this decision. Of them, 2,654 voted for joining the Amazon Labor Union and 2,131 voted against it. This places the approval rating at about 55% of the people who voted.

This is a dramatic change from previous unionization efforts. Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against unionizing in April 2021, though critics have said the effort failed in no small part due to Amazon’s efforts to discourage those workers from joining a union.

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the election in Staten Island because we believe a direct relationship with the company is best for our employees,” Amazon said in a statement to Reuters. And it looks like the company is going to struggle to maintain the status quo.

“We are evaluating our options,” Amazon said in a statement to CNBC, “including filing objections based on undue and undue influence by the NLRB, which we and others (including the National Retail Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) saw the election.”

But that won’t be the end of Amazon’s woes of unionization. Reuters says workers at another Staten Island warehouse, LDJ5, will vote on April 25 whether or not to unionize. It would be no surprise if workers at other warehouses across the US followed suit.

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