Amazon loses attempt to reverse historic union victory

Amazon unions won a victory Thursday when federal labor commission hearings thwarted the e-commerce giant’s attempt to overturn a historic union victory.

The win is a relief to a grassroots group of former and current workers who have claimed an unexpected victory involving a warehouse in Staten Island, New York.

Amazon filed more than 20 complaints with the National Labor Relations Board shortly after the spring vote, accusing the results of being tainted by the election organizers and Region 29, the agency’s local office in Brooklyn that oversaw the election. claimed.

The case was subsequently transferred to another regional office in Phoenix, Arizona at Amazon’s request.

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Workers line up to vote in the union election March 25, 2022 at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York City. (Reuters/Brendan McDiarmid/File Photo/Reuters Photo)

The 24-day hearings were marked by tense exchanges between lawyers on both sides about what documents could be presented as evidence and which witnesses could testify. was.

An NLRB spokesperson on Thursday dismissed outright Amazon’s appeal, concluding that unions should be authorized as bargaining agents for warehouses.

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Amazon warehouse with packaging and company logo. (Getty Images/Getty Images)

“Today is a great day for workers,” dismissed Amazon worker Chris Smalls, who now heads the union, wrote in a tweet celebrating the decision.

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Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the company plans to appeal.

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“We are still considering the decision, but we strongly disagree with the conclusion and intend to appeal,” Nantel said in a statement. As you can see, both the NLRB and ALU are inadequately influencing election results, and I doubt it represents what the majority of our teams want.

Employees arrive at Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island

People go to work at an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Files/AP Newsroom)

Even when unions win, experts say companies that don’t want unionized workers often refuse to negotiate. The move could spark a protracted legal battle.


Amazon warehouses in states such as North Carolina and Kentucky have launched separate campaigns to try to collect enough signatures to qualify workers for union elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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