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The struggle to organize the Amazon warehouses

Amazon, one of the largest employers in the United States and a mainstay of American shopping habits, has long resisted union organizing efforts such as union campaigns in 2000 and 2014. In recent years, however, calls for unionization have become louder and more public – and one nascent union even won an election at one of the company’s New York offices.

The most recent series of elections began in Bessemer, Alabama, when the retail, wholesale and department store union tried to organize Amazon’s BHM1 facility, which employed about 5,800 workers at the time. 2021 the workers firmly opposed to unionisationbut the union successfully requested the National Labor Relations Board for a repeat, claiming Amazon had interfered Installation of a mailbox in your own facility. The second election saw a lower turnout but much closer results, despite the large number of contested ballots left the results in limbo.

Elsewhere, attempts have been made by the Amazon Labor Union, an organization made up of former and current Amazon workers and not affiliated with any major union Organization of several camps in Staten Island, New York. In the end, it secured union votes in two institutions: JFK8and LDJ5. On April 1, 2022, workers at JFK8 voted to organize with the ALU, making their warehouse the first unionized Amazon facility. About a month later workers at the neighboring LDJ5 facility voted against forming a union.

Throughout all of this, Amazon has faced allegations union bustingand other attempts to interfere in the electoral process (some of which were bizarre – allegedly manipulated traffic patterns in Alabama). For its part, the company has blamed unions and the National Labor Relations Board do the same. But with at least one warehouse being unionized, it seems certain there will be more attempts to organize and you can keep up with the latest efforts in this StoryStream.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/3/23056053/amazon-warehouse-union-organization-drives-latest-news The struggle to organize the Amazon warehouses

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