Workers at an Amazon warehouse in a town southeast of Albany, New York, have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election. The camp, codenamed ALB1, hopes to join the Amazon Labor Union, which successfully persuaded a majority of workers at the company’s JFK8 facility in Staten Island to vote to unionize earlier this year. An NLRB spokesman said CNBC that the agency’s Buffalo office is currently verifying that the group has in fact reached the minimum number of signatures required to hold an election.
Unions typically require signatures from 30 percent of eligible members to vote. Corresponding The Washington Post, ALU previously said it exceeded that threshold for the Albany warehouse. Union organizers at the facility have been working for months to join the ALU. After noticing their efforts, Amazon reportedly held meetings to discourage workers from unionizing. An employee also sent us photos of digital televisions at the Albany plant showing anti-union messages. More specifically, the embassies advised against signing an ALU “card,” which refers to the authorization cards workers must sign in order for them to vote.
The ALU has called for higher wages and safer working conditions for warehouse workers, previously accusing the company of retaliation. A few weeks after winning the Staten Island election, Amazon fired two of the employees involved in its organizing efforts. Her co-organizers believed it was a retaliatory strike from the e-commerce giant. Heather Goodall, a senior organizer at ALB1, said: “The main concerns I hear from workers are wages and safety. Also, there is no job security. There is no way to rest in a 15 minute break. Workers want to be able to use the bathroom freely.”
Amazon has long made it clear that it opposes workers’ unionization efforts. A spokesman said The post: “As a company, we do not believe that unions are the best solution for our employees. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work.” The company also appealed ALU’s win in Staten Island, accusing organizers of pressuring workers to to vote for unionization. A hearing for Amazon’s appeal could be announced sometime this month.
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