Amazon warehouse staff in Staten Island, N.Y., rejected a union bid on Monday, dealing a blow to organizers who final month pulled off the primary profitable U.S. organizing effort within the retail large’s historical past.
Votes had been nonetheless being tabulated, however ballots solid in opposition to the union had been sufficient to fend off a second win for the nascent Amazon Labor Union (ALU), a bunch of former and present Amazon staff main the organizing effort.
Ballots that had been challenged by both Amazon or the ALU weren’t sufficient to sway the result.
A separate election held final month gave the ALU a shock victory when staff at a special Staten Island facility voted in favour of unionizing. That was a primary for Amazon in the US.
Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel mentioned in an announcement it is as much as staff whether or not they wish to be a part of a union. However “as an organization, we do not suppose unions are the perfect reply for our staff,” she mentioned.
“Our focus stays on working straight with our group to proceed making Amazon an amazing place to work.”
A second labour win may give staff in different Amazon services — and at different firms — the motivation they should launch related efforts. It will even have cemented the facility and affect of the ALU throughout the labour motion.