Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse to hold a union election in March

Deepak Gupta February 16, 2022
Updated 2022/02/16 at 9:28 PM

Amazon workers at a warehouse on New York’s Staten Island will hold a union vote next month. Derrick Palmer of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), an independent group that seeks to represent JFK8 workers, says the election will take place in person between March 25 and 30.

Workers again filed a union petition with the National Council on Labor Relations in December after failing to get enough signatures in their previous attempt. This time, workers have reached the union vote threshold, which is usually 30% of the workforce. More than 5,000 workers are employed at JFK8.

The NLRB accused Amazon of threatening, surveilling and interrogating JFK8 workers to dissuade them from unionizing. A union evasion consultant reportedly called the organizers “thugs” and said the union campaign would fail.

“We remain skeptical that there are enough legitimate signatures to support this election petition,” Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for Amazon, said in a statement to Ploonge. “But since the NLRB has decided that the election will proceed, we want our employees to have their voices heard as soon as possible. Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work.”

Earlier this month, workers at another Staten Island warehouse called LDJ5 petitioned the NLRB to unionize with the help of the ALU.

Another union vote is taking place at a facility in Bessemer, Alabama. The NLRB ordered a second election on BHM1 after determining that Amazon interfered in the first ballot, in which a majority of employees voted against unionization. Votes will be counted from March 28. Last month, a union member at the warehouse accused Amazon of retaliating against him.

Update 2/16 2:58 PM ET: Added Amazon declaration.

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