Amazon’s first association wants to help other warehouses
A week after its founding, the first association of an Amazon warehouse in New York wants to help syndicate the group’s other sites in the United States.
Nearly 100 other Amazon sites nationwide were contacted on Friday, unionists who won a major victory to set up the first union at an Amazon warehouse in the US said.
“We are witnessing a revolution,” said Christian Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), a week after activists won a historic vote among workers at the JFK8 field in New York’s Staten Island area. “Fifty (American) states have called us,” he said at a press conference that looked like a festive political rally.
The war isn’t over in New York – Amazon plans to sue the regulator – but Christian Smalls wants to hold a national conference in May to advise workers at other warehouses. We will help them, he promised. “I don’t know exactly how, but we’ll try.”
Amazon plans to develop several appeals in its appeal. According to official documents submitted to the federal labor law office (NLRB) on Thursday, the company specifically believes the ALU “threatened employees to force them to vote yes” and “campaign with the next employee to vote”.
Activists see this as maneuvers to delay the effective formation of unity. Christian Smalls called the accusations “nonsense”. He said he was willing to travel to participate in other organizing campaigns and spoke about the ongoing movement at Starbucks.
More than 180 cafes in the chain have sprung into action after employees of two establishments in Buffalo, in the northeastern United States, voted in December to form a union, which was the first in the country. On Friday, three more Starbucks came out in favor of unionizing, bringing the nation’s total to 16.
The victory of the Staten Island Amazon site has given hope to many workers seeking representation by a union. The e-commerce giant, the second-largest employer in the United States after Walmart (distribution), has been able to repel employee requests to reunite in the country since its founding in 1994.
A promising organizing campaign in Bessemer, Alabama, failed a year ago. The NLRB indeed found that Amazon was breaking the rules, and a new ballot was held in March, but there are so many controversial votes that the result is not yet known.
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