Amazon workers on Staten Island make push to unionize
The news is finally reporting on this huge story! Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island have refiled their NLRB petition and are staging a “lunchtime walkout” to get the company recognize them as well. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said they will investigate these claims made by union supporters, according Bloomberg Law which contacted an employee about why he/she did not want his name revealed due concerns for her safety after numerous death threats were made against him online since posting videos of himself working at night hours while dressed casually went viral last year.
The Unite Here union, which was trying to organize Walker Corporation’s distribution centers with nearly 5500 employees in total has filed for a petition. The group collected over 2,000 signatures from workers who were willing support the cause but as Bloomberg reported they later withdrew after it turned out that fewer than 30% of these people wanted an election so organizers won’t be going through one just yet. In light off recent events such us reducing corporate tax rates and increasing wages by $3 per hour; I think now is definitely not too soon – because right before our eyes some major Fortune 500 companies are already taking advantage while others wait patiently until more downward pressure appears on prices- before making any irreversible decisions. The New York Times reports organizers are focusing on a single warehouse this time and to try and get support from enough people who are still employed despite high turnover.
The group plans to refile their petition and take other actions in order “to show Interest from current employees” for a union election. They also vow not let up until Amazon stops what they sees as unfair labor practices including interference with organizing efforts by unions like IPAWS. The national Labor Board (NLRB) will need review the showing of interest after this week’s protest where workers shut down one its fulfillment centers located near San Antonio Texas .
Ex-Amazon employee Christian Smalls leads the ALU and was fired from the company after staging a walkout in protest of unsafe working conditions during COVID 19. If his petition is approved by NLRB, it will lead to an organizing drive for workers at Amazon’s warehouses next year! In April 2018 Bessemer warehouse employees voted against unionizing but since then things have changed thanks largely due that he has received nationwide attention as well as support from other high profile figures such Brad Stone (co founder & president Paypers Tanium) among others who are doing everything imaginable so that we may see another successful campaign like those waged successfully campaigns fought back when Walmart first came into existence.
“We listen to our employees and continuously improve on their behalf.” – Amazon Spokesperson Kelly Nantel