Amazon, one of the United State’s largest employers and a mainstay of Americans’ shopping habits, has long resisted unionization efforts such as union drives in 2000 and 2014. In recent years, though, the calls for unionization have grown louder and more public — and an upstart union was even able to win an election at one of the company’s facilities in New York.
The recent string of elections started in Bessemer, Alabama, when the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union attempted to organize Amazon’s BHM1 facility, which had around 5,800 workers at the time. In 2021, the workers voted resoundingly against unionizing, but the union successfully petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a redo, claiming that Amazon had interfered by installing a mailbox at its own facility. The second election saw lower turnout, but much closer results, though the large number of contested ballots left the results hanging in the balance.
Elsewhere, the Amazon Labor Union, an organization made up of former and current Amazon workers that’s not affiliated with a larger union, has made attempts to organize multiple warehouses in Staten Island, New York. It ended up securing union votes at two facilities: JFK8, and LDJ5. On April 1st, 2022, workers at JFK8 voted to organize with the ALU, making their warehouse the first Amazon facility to unionize. About a month later, workers at the next-door LDJ5 facility voted against unionizing.
Throughout all of this, Amazon has faced accusations of union busting, and other attempts to interfere with the electoral process (some of which have been bizarre — it allegedly manipulated traffic patterns in Alabama). For its part, the company has accused the unions, and the National Labor Relations board, of doing the same. But with at least one warehouse unionized, it seems certain there will be other attempts to organize, and you can keep up with the latest on those efforts in this StoryStream.
The workers are represented by the Amazon Labor Union
It reportedly fired several managers tasked with responding to unionization efforts
The results of last week’s election are in
The Amazon Labor Union has a chance to prove it can keep winning
Audio from a Tuesday meeting was obtained by The Verge
Gerald Bryson was fired from the JFK8 facility, which unionized this month
But not unions
It alleges the groups acted worse than it did in Bessemer
It claims the company threatened to close the facility if it unionized
It has extra time to gather evidence for its claim that Amazon Labor Union ‘threatened’ employees to vote yes
Companies like Amazon often hold mandatory meetings to deliver anti-union messaging
No “restroom” for you
The Amazon Labor Union has big plans and will face big challenges
It will be the first union ever formed at an Amazon warehouse
The final count found 993 votes against unionization, 875 in favor, and 416 challenged ballots
LDJ5 employees will decide whether to organize with the ALU starting April 25th
It also wants the company to inform employees about their rights
Amazonians United coordinated a walkout early Wednesday morning
LDJ5 would be the second Staten Island facility to hold an election
The group representing the workers said the vote will be held in person starting March 25th
It’s the second of two warehouses on Staten Island seeking to organize
The NLRB’s complaint accuses the company of ‘threatening, surveilling, and interrogating’ workers
The Amazon Labor Union “reached a sufficient showing of interest” after focusing on one facility
An NLRB official said Friday that an allegation Amazon illegally fired a worker for organizing had merit
Labor regulators found that Amazon interfered in the first union drive