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BREAKING LABOR NEWS: The New York Times Reports Amazon Union Loses Vote At Second Staten Island Warehouse - A ‘Setback’ For The Amazon Labor Union, Which Last Month ‘Won A Landmark Victory At A Larger Nearby’ Amazon Warehouse

Published Monday, May 2, 2022
by Karen Weise & Noam Scheiber/The New York Times
BREAKING LABOR NEWS: The New York Times Reports Amazon Union Loses Vote At Second Staten Island Warehouse - A ‘Setback’ For The Amazon Labor Union, Which Last Month ‘Won A Landmark Victory At A Larger Nearby’ Amazon Warehouse

(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - The growing Labor Organizing efforts at Amazon were dealt a blow today (Monday, May 2nd) when Workers voted by a wide margin to reject forming a Union at a second warehouse on Staten Island.

Employees cast 380 votes to be represented by a Union and 618 against, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLB).

About 1,600 Workers at the warehouse were eligible to vote.

The result was a setback for the upstart Amazon Labor Union, which last month won a landmark victory when Workers at the larger, nearby Amazon warehouse, voted to Unionize.

Over the six months ending in March, filings for Union Elections has increased nearly 60% over the same period one year earlier.

That trend has included companies that often hire more-educated Workers into non-professional jobs, like Starbucks and the Outdoor Equipment Chain REI.

But Labor Experts and Organizers say it can be harder to Unionize Workers who are less secure economically, since they may be more susceptible to pressure from an employer and more reluctant to risk getting involved in a Union Campaign.

While the Union Campaign that succeeded at the larger Amazon warehouse last month included a large fraction of full-time Workers, a higher proportion of Workers at the smaller facility are part-time and struggle to pay their bills.

To Directly Access This Breaking Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: www.nytimes.com/2022/05/02/technology/amazon-union-staten-island.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes&fbclid=IwAR2uE86QG2sC8KEwSIQaruFTEiFiBB-xkUYPkOPgCxf45tCnL8QCcwqSUpM

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