Amazon workers in a warehouse near the Albanian file for the union election
Workers and supporters hold placards after filing a petition requesting elections to form a union outside the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Brooklyn Borough, New York, Monday, October 25, 2021.
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Amazon workers at a warehouse in upstate New York have petitioned to form a union with the National Labor Relations Board, the agency confirmed Tuesday.
Employees at the warehouse, located in Chudak Township, southeast of Albany, New York, are seeking to be represented by the Amazon Workers Union, a grassroots group of current and former Amazon workers who have successfully created a single union from the company’s Staten Island. Warehouses, known as JFK8, earlier this year.
NLRB spokeswoman Kayla Palado confirmed that organizers at the warehouse, referred to as ALB1, submitted a petition to the agency on Tuesday for the proposed 400-person unit. She added that the NLRB’s regional office in Buffalo was in the process of verifying the group had received an expression of interest, indicating that it had met the minimum requirement for employee signatures.
Heather Goodall, the ALB1 warehouse worker who is leading the organizing effort, said she and other organizers plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the union’s campaign.
Goodall and other workers have been trying to organize their workplaces over the past few months. Amazon noticed. Late last month, I began holding meetings at ALB1 to discourage employees from joining unions, including slide presentations that described unions as a “company that sells a service.”
The regulatory effort in Albany represents the latest attempt to standardize Amazon Warehouse. The ALU, led by former employee Chris Smalls, failed in May to replicate its successful union campaign at another Staten Island warehouse, but it is still seeking traction elsewhere, including in Albany and a warehouse in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the election results in the Alabama facility are still very close to being speculated.
Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company has previously said it does not believe unions are the right choice for its employees. Amazon is also fighting to overturn the vote in its warehouse in JFK8, arguing that the ALU and the NLRB acted in a way that tainted the election results.
The union that led union efforts in Alabama is challenging the results of the recent election, arguing that Amazon improperly interfered with the campaign. Amazon also objected to the union’s conduct during the election.
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