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Amazon employees at warehouse near Albany file for union election


Staff and supporters hold signs after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union outside the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office within the Brooklyn Borough of Latest York, on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.

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Amazon employees at a warehouse in upstate Latest York have filed a petition to form a union with the National Labor Relations Board, the agency confirmed Tuesday.

Employees on the warehouse, which is situated within the town of Schodack, southeast of Albany, Latest York, are looking for to be represented by the Amazon Labor Union, a grassroots group of current and former Amazon employees that successfully unionized considered one of the corporate’s Staten Island warehouses, generally known as JFK8, earlier this yr.

NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado confirmed organizers on the warehouse, which is known as ALB1, filed a petition with the agency Tuesday for a proposed unit of 400 people. She added that the NLRB’s regional office in Buffalo is within the technique of verifying that the group has obtained a showing of interest, which indicates it has met the required threshold for worker signatures.

Heather Goodall, an ALB1 warehouse employee who’s leading the organizing effort, said she and other organizers plan to carry a news conference Wednesday to debate the union campaign.

Goodall and other employees have been trying to prepare their workplace for the past few months. Amazon has taken notice. Late last month, it began holding meetings at ALB1 discouraging employees from unionizing, including slideshow presentations that described unions as a “business that sell a service.”

The organizing effort in Albany marks the most recent try to unionize an Amazon warehouse. The ALU, led by former worker Chris Smalls, in May failed to duplicate its successful union campaign at one other Staten Island warehouse, however it has still sought to realize traction elsewhere, including in Albany and a warehouse in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the outcomes of an election at an Alabama facility remain too near call.

Representatives from Amazon didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

The corporate has previously said it doesn’t consider unions are the precise alternative for its employees. Amazon can also be fighting to get the vote at its JFK8 warehouse thrown out, arguing that the ALU and NLRB acted in a way that tainted the outcomes of the election.

A union that led the unionization effort in Alabama is contesting the outcomes of a recent do-over election, arguing Amazon improperly interfered within the campaign. Amazon has also objected to the union’s conduct through the election.

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