Second Amazon union vote in NYC fails despite AOC, Sanders support


An effort to unionize a second New York City Amazon facility failed on Monday. 

The vote depend stood at 380 in favor of unionization and 618 in opposition to it, in line with a National Labor Relations Board tally. The Staten Island facility, codenamed LDJ5, employs about 1,600 folks. 

The result’s a tricky setback for the Amazon Labor Union, an upstart labor group that received a convincing victory at a bigger Staten Island Amazon facility in April. That facility’s roughly 8,300 employees are set to be the primary unionized Amazon workers in the nation — though Amazon has vowed to combat the results of the election by way of an enchantment with the National Labor Relations Board. 

The Amazon Labor Union, which is led by ex-employee Chris Smalls, nonetheless vowed to maintain organizing.

Amazon’s LDJ5 facility employs about 1,500 folks.
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Amazon is making an attempt to combat off labor organizers.
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“The organizing will continue at this facility and beyond,” the group wrote on Twitter. “The fight has just begun.”

Also on Monday, the NLRB revealed it could switch the enchantment of the JFK8 vote to a NLRB office in Arizona after Amazon efficiently argued that the company’s Brooklyn office seemed to be biased in favor of the union organizers. In the approaching weeks, the Arizona NLRB office will resolve whether or not to certify the Amazon Labor Union’s victory or order a brand new vote. 

Progressives together with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had rallied with union activists in Staten Island forward of the LDJ5 vote, with Sanders accusing the company of making “horrible working conditions.” 

“I say to Jeff Bezos, who owns a $500 million yacht — I say, ‘Jeff, when you’re out on your yacht, I want you to think about the workers,’” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) mentioned forward of the vote.
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“I say to Jeff Bezos, who owns a $500 million yacht — I say, ‘Jeff, when you’re out on your yacht, I want you to think about the workers,’” Sanders mentioned at an April rally. “They want housing that is affordable. They want to be able to put away a few bucks to send their kids to college.” 

The Amazon Labor Union didn’t instantly reply to a request for additional remark.

Amazon declined to right away remark however has vociferously opposed union efforts in the previous. 

Meanwhile, the end result of a separate Amazon union vote in Bessemer, Ala. is hanging in the steadiness because the NLRB decides the right way to deal with 416 votes have been contested by Amazon and the union spearheading that marketing campaign, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Additional reporting by Lisa Fickenscher