Amazon, Union Face Off In Rematch Election In New York
Amazon and the nascent group that successfully organized the company’s first-ever US union are headed for a rematch Monday, when a federal labor board will tally votes cast by warehouse workers in yet another election on Staten Island, Haleluya Hadero reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders stood in solidarity with Amazon Labor Union ahead of their second union election at the LBJ5 Fulfillment Center in Staten Island.
A second labor win could give workers in other Amazon facilities — and at other companies — the motivation they need to launch similar efforts. It could also cement the power and influence of the Amazon Labor Union, the grassroots group of former and current workers that secured last month’s historic victory.
But a union loss could mute some of the labor celebration and raise questions about whether the first victory was just a fluke.
The results of the election are expected to be announced early Monday evening by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is overseeing the process.
Meanwhile, the agency must still decide whether to certify the first win, which has been disputed by Amazon.
There are far fewer workers eligible to vote in this latest election versus last month’s — about 1,500 compared with 8,300 at the neighboring Staten Island facility. There are fewer organizers, too — roughly 10 compared with roughly 30.
“It’s a much more personal, aggressive fight over here,” said Connor Spence, an Amazon employee who works as the union’s vice president of membership. Spence said there was more support for the organizing efforts earlier this year when the ALU filed for an election. But that was quickly overshadowed by the bigger facility across the street, where organizers were directing more of their energy.