Amazon workers at Staten Island warehouse will vote on joining or not joining a union next month

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Workers at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York City will hold elections next month to decide whether to join a union, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) said Wednesday. According to the ALU, which represents the workers, workers in the warehouse, called JFK8, will vote between March 25 and 30. The election will be held in person in a tent outside the warehouse, the ALU tweeted.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) did not immediately confirm the dates, but said on Wednesday afternoon that the parties “have tentatively reached a certain electoral agreement”. According to an email from NLRB spokesman Elliott Becker, a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning has been adjourned pending the final agreement.

The NLRB determined last month that union efforts at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse had “showed sufficient interest” to hold elections.

The ALU has been trying to unite Amazon workers in New York for some time: In October 2021, it filed an application with the NLRB to hold union elections for Amazon facilities on Staten Island, but later withdrew the request because it didn’t have enough signatures. . It was resubmitted in December and focused only on the JFK8 warehouse where it had previously held strikes.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in an email to: The edge that the company was “skeptical” that there were enough legitimate employee signatures to support the election petition. “But since the NLRB has decided that the elections will go ahead, we want our employees to make their voices heard as soon as possible,” Nantel wrote. “Our employees have always had the choice of joining or not joining a union, and our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work.”

The JFK8 election would be the second among Amazon warehouse workers in the US; as part of another union move at its BHM1 facility in Bessemer, Alabama, the NLRB ordered an election held last year after it was found Amazon had meddled in the first election.

Update Feb 16 2:27 PM ET: Adds commentary from the National Labor Relations Board

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