Employees at an Amazon warehouse in New York City elected to unionize on Friday in the controversial first successful U.S. organizing effort at the firm. The ballot tally was 2,654 votes in support of signing up with the union as well as 2,131 opposed, with 67 challenged votes, according to the Associated Press. About 57 percent of the greater than 8,300 employees eligible to vote cast their tallies.
The outcomes must still be certified by the National Labor Relations Board yet the tallies that were challenged by either Amazon or the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) are insufficient to alter the outcome.
The JFK8 gratification order fulfillment warehouse in Staten Island will now join the Amazon Labor Union, which is not connected with any national union and was created by Christian Smalls after he was discharged from Amazon in March 2020.
As a manager at the fulfillment center, Smalls organized a walkout to oppose what he saw as a lack of worker defenses against Covid-19. Amazon accused Smalls of breaking safety and security methods by coming to work after he had been told to quarantine due to a Covid-19 exposure.
Amazon workers at the Staten Island fulfillment facility have actually required longer breaks, paid authorized leave, and also paid time off for hurt staff members, in addition to a per hour wage of $30. The per-hour wage for Amazon employees on Staten Island presently begins at $18.25 an hour.
A representative for Amazon told the AP that the e-commerce giant “invests” in wages and advantages, consisting of healthcare, 401( k) strategies as well as a prepaid university tuition program.
“As a company, we don’t think unions are the best answer for our employees,” the spokesperson said. “Our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work.”
The megacorporation supposedly pushed back on the organizing effort, monitoring hanging “Vote No” banners inside the storage facility and holding required meetings where workers were advised to reject the union, according to NPR.
The union’s triumph comes as Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama might have rejected a union bid in a 993 to 875 vote versus the union. 416 challenged ballots with the possibility to change the end result will certainly be evaluated in the coming days.
Later this month, employees at a sorting facility across the road from the Staten Island stockroom will certainly vote whether to sign up with the ALU.
H/T National Review