The National Labor Relations Board has approved union elections at the second Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, opening a new front in the growing challenge to the company’s labor model.
The agency told the company Wednesday that the new Amazon Labor Union on Staten Island has collected enough signatures to show enough interest in holding elections at a warehouse called LDJ5, with former Amazon employee Christian Smalls, who is leading the planning effort there. .
Amazon is already facing elections this month from March 25 to 30 at JFK8, a large neighboring warehouse, as well as at another company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., Outside Birmingham. Mr. The logistics of the latest Staten Island poll will be unveiled at a March 14 hearing at the agency, Smalls said.
Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantell said the company was “eager to hear the voices of our employees.” She added that the company focused on working directly with our team to make Amazon a better place to work.
Last year, Alabama warehouse workers voted against joining the union, but the Labor agency dropped the result after finding out that Amazon had improperly interfered in the election.
In a message sent to employees at the LDJ5 warehouse on Wednesday, shortly after the agency’s decision, Amazon tried to persuade workers to join the new union. The union “will continue to promise you better pay and benefits just to get your support,” but the union says “you may end up with more or less what you have now” when paying off debts.
Mr. Smalls said the idea that workers would end up with fewer as a result of joining the union was a “determined lie” and was not effective. “We know for sure that Amazon will spread anti-union propaganda, but that is to be expected,” he said.