Labor board rejects Amazon’s objections to labor victory

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Federal labor regulators will overrule Amazon’s objections to a historic union victory at one of the e-commerce giant’s New York warehouses.

In April, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) became the first to win an election at Amazon, but the company suspended proceedings during a months-long objection hearing.

On Thursday, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing officer said he intended to overrule Amazon’s objections, paving the way for the union to become the first certified bargaining unit in the vast empire. of the company’s e-commerce.

Both parties have until Sept. 16 to file additional exceptions, the NLRB’s Kayla Blado said in an email.

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“While we are still reviewing the decision, we strongly disagree with the finding and intend to appeal,” Amazon’s Kelly Nantel said in a statement. “As we have shown throughout the hearing with dozens of witnesses and hundreds of pages of documents, both the NLRB and the ALU improperly influenced the outcome of the election and we do not believe that this represents what the majority of our team wants.

(Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

“After dealing with all of this virtual court, it feels good to finally have some celebratory news,” ALU Chief Chris Smalls said in a statement. “We’re hoping the NLRB will certify it so we can get rights in the building and protect workers in the building.”

The news is a victory for the organized labor movement, which continued to work to unionize Amazon this summer. New organizing drives have sprung up in Kentucky, California and North Carolina, and Amazon workers at a warehouse near Albany, New York, are expected to vote on organizing in the coming months.

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Amazon has accused the NLRB’s regional office of being biased against the company, and it’s possible the company will take legal action over the outcome. His tactics could delay contract negotiations, a process that itself could take months or years.

Established unions like the American Federation of Teachers have pledged support for ALU, which is a fledgling, independent organization that has splintered in recent months as dozens of workers have accused Amazon of unfair labor practices. The union lost a second election at a small warehouse in New York shortly after winning Staten Island in May.

“This was an outrageous anti-union campaign by Amazon and we demand that the company come to the table to bargain in faith, as required by law,” said ALU attorney Seth Goldstein. , in a press release.

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