Workers at an Amazon warehouse in New York are accusing e-commerce of doing everything it can to block its co-workers, six months after a similar attempt to form a union failed in Alabama.
At this time in the United States, no Amazon deployment and logistics center has succeeded in forming a union.
“Since our campaign (to collect signatures) began, Amazon has not wasted time implementing anti-union tactics,” the union, known as the ALU, told the Amazon Workers Union on Thursday. (“Amazon Workers Union”).
“We were confronted with the same tactics used in Alabama’s Bessemer, i.e. posters in bathrooms or outside consultants, experts in the fight against unions, coming into the workplace and dividing employees,” he said.
Last April, at the end of a long month-long campaign under pressure, there was no unionization at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer. Despite the mobilization of activists and political figures for the state’s top spot, more than 2,500 employees voted out of the 5,900 invited to the polls.
In August, an official of the American Labor Law Institute (NLRB) determined that Amazon had “violated labor law” and recommended holding a new referendum in Alabama, according to the union RWDSU, which organized the initiative.
Amazon did not immediately respond to an AFP request on Thursday. In April, the group set aside allegations of intimidation and confirmed that its staff had “heard more anti-Amazon messages from selected officials and the media than we did from the union.”
The ALU plans to collect its 2,000 positive signatures and submit them to the NLRB on October 25. If approved, it will be voted on to the Amazon Staten Island site (part of New York City).
The potential future union wants, among other things, higher wages, job security, safer working conditions and more vacations.
It was specifically piloted by Christian Smalls, a former employee of the group who was fired after organizing a demonstration at JFK8, one of the warehouses on Staten Island. According to Amazon, Mr. Smalls was expelled for coming to the place where he was supposed to be in isolation after contacting a sick colleague.
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