Amazon challenges the creation of its first union in the United States

The Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, October 25, 2021.

False start for Amazon’s first US syndicate. Business Challenges in Seattle the vote that took place in a warehouse in New York on 1er Apriland has until Friday night, April 8 to submit his objections to the New York warehouse vote, and April 22 to present his evidence.

A total of 8,325 employees of the JFK8 warehouse, located in the Staten Island neighborhood, were on the electoral roll. Called to vote in person from March 25-30 to join or not join the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), 4,852 workers put a ballot in the ballot box. The yes won with 2,654 votes against 2,131.

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According to official documents filed with the Federal Labor Law Enforcement Agency (NLRB) on Thursday, Amazon has asked for more time to submit reasoned objections to the vote. In particular, the e-commerce giant accuses ALU activists of “bullied” staff.

“It’s absurd”

Amazon wants to formulate several objections in its appeal. The company believes that the ALU: “Threatened to force employees to vote yes”who has the ALU “campaigns with employees queuing to vote” or does she have “bullied”and also that militants of the ALU “threatened immigrants” increase the risk of them losing “their benefits if they didn’t vote for the union”

“It’s absurd”Attorney Eric Milner responded on behalf of the union. “Employees have spoken and their voices have been heard. Amazon chooses to slow down the process to avoid the inevitable: the negotiation of a corporate contract”

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The second-largest employer in the United States after Walmart (distribution), the group had managed to fend off the wishes of employees seeking to regroup in the country since its inception in 1994.

Amazon spent millions on anti-union advisers, Amazon held mandatory meetings, Amazon behaved in a threatening manner, Amazon illegally fired workers for trying to unionize.added Eric Milner.

Close vote in Alabama

The National Retail Union (RWDSU) reprimands Amazon in a vote to unite another warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. The vote is over, but the count is not: the no leads with 993 votes, against 875 yes, but there are still 416 so-called ballots “questionable”who decides the outcome. A hearing should decide in the coming weeks whether these ballots should be opened and taken into account. Then there may be other remedies.

The RWDSU has already submitted a series of objections to the NLRB on Thursday about Amazon’s behavior, which it accuses of meddling. For example, according to the organization, Amazon executives have banned voice discussions in the warehouse, as well as pro-union flyers in breakout areas, while allowing anti-union literature.

“Employer has instilled confusion, coercion and fear of reprisals on employees”says the RWDSU in its press release.

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In Alabama, the NLRB will hold a hearing on this union appeal. The vote, held in March by letter, was organized after the cancellation of the one who rejected the creation of a union a year ago† The federal agency had in fact estimated that Amazon had broken the rules.

Le Monde and AFP

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