Union Election Is Set at Amazon’s Staten Island Warehouse

Amazon and a fledgling union of staff at its Staten Island warehouse agreed to phrases of an election for late March, setting the stage for 2 main elections at Amazon warehouses on the identical time.

The election on the Staten Island warehouse shall be held in particular person March 25-30, based on Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker in Staten Island who’s heading the organizing effort there. He additionally tweeted a screenshot of a textual content message Amazon despatched staff on the facility on Wednesday with the identical dates. The message additionally urged staff to “vote NO.”

The timing of the vote coincides with an election at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., exterior Birmingham.

Mail-in ballots for that election — a do-over after the Nationwide Labor Relations Board threw out a earlier vote due to what it mentioned was Amazon’s inappropriate interference — have already gone out to staff and are due again by March 25. The labor company has mentioned it’ll begin counting these ballots on March 28, a course of that would take a number of days.

The company decided in late January that the brand new union in Staten Island, known as Amazon Labor Union, had gathered sufficient signatures to indicate there was ample curiosity in holding an election. Amazon and the union reached an settlement over the logistics of the vote simply earlier than a listening to was set to start out on Wednesday morning.

The company confirmed {that a} tentative settlement had been reached however didn’t present particulars.

“It’s as much as the employees now,” Mr. Smalls mentioned. “We have now the momentum. I’ve seen a really optimistic shift since we filed, and we’re simply hoping that we are able to preserve that going.”

Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for Amazon, mentioned the corporate remained skeptical that there have been sufficient “official signatures” to help the election petition. She added that after the company decided the election might proceed, “we would like our staff to have their voices heard as quickly as attainable.”

“Our staff have all the time had a selection of whether or not or to not be a part of a union,” she added, “and our focus stays on working instantly with our staff to make Amazon a terrific place to work.”

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