Amazon calls for election re-run after workers voted for first US union
The Amazon Labor Union (ALU) refuted the claims made by the online retailer, which is the second-largest U.S. Private Employer.
Amazon demanded protection for workers a week following the historic victory of organized labor. The ALU was chosen by 55% of the employees who voted at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island. This union has advocated for better pay and greater job security. About 58% of those who voted were present.
Kelly Nantel, Amazon spokesperson, stated in a statement that: “We want employees to have their voice heard and in this instance, that didn’t happen. Less than a third” of employees voted against the union.
According to Amazon filings on Friday, the ALU was also accused by Amazon of intimidating workers and dispensing marijuana in order to win votes for itself.
Derrick Palmer, vice-president of the ALU, stated that Amazon is trying “to degrade our character and undermine all our efforts.”
Before certifying the election results, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board must now process Amazon’s objections. This was not done immediately.
Amazon claimed that the NLRB had improperly assisted the ALU to gain the standing to hold an electoral vote and gave the impression it was supporting the union. Amazon accused the NLRB also of reducing turnout by allowing cameras crews to be on-site and mismanagement of the polling area.
A spokesperson for the NLRB declined to comment on these objections, but they have previously stated that they are independent and that their enforcement actions against Amazon have been consistent in line with its congressional mandate.
Amazon’s claims were rebuffed by the ALU, who claimed that Amazon did not contest low turnout at an Alabama union election where workers voted against organizing. The ALU claimed that Amazon had intimidated workers and has filed numerous unfair labor practice allegations against the union.