Amazon workers reject unionization bid at second Staten Island warehouse

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Weeks after historic victory for Amazon union organizers in Staten Island, the area’s second-best location decisively thwarted plans to follow suit. The no vote this time won a decisive victory: 618 to 380. A total of 998 out of 1,633 eligible workers voted.

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With just two void ballots, the results seem far simpler than the recent re-vote in Bessemer, Alabama, although the National Labor Relations Board still needs to formally sign it off. Voting took place by secret ballot over four days last week. The relatively low number of ballots meant that the commission was able to complete the count in a matter of hours.

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The news came as a major blow to the union effort, which saw a significant increase in sales since last month’s victory. Leading progressive politicians visited the site over the weekend, including Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Christian Smalls, a fired Amazon worker who ran the Staten Island organization, marked failure on Twitter.

“Despite today’s result, I am proud of the workers and organizers of LDJ5, after our victory in JFK8 they had to work hard,” Smalls wrote on Twitter. Our leaders should be extremely proud of giving their colleagues the right to join a union. [Amazon Labor] will continue to organize, as will all of you.”

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Amazon, which previously suggested that the NLRB had undue influence on the JFK8 vote, enjoyed today’s victory. “We are delighted that the voice of our team in LDJ5 has been heard,” spokeswoman Kelly Nantel told TechCrunch. “We look forward to continuing to work together as we strive to make every day better for our employees.”

For its part, the worker-led Amazon union promised more organization, writing: “Organization will continue at this facility and beyond. The fight has just begun.”




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