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Amazon’s Bid to Discard Historic NYC Union Victory Blocked

A Federal Labor Commission hearing officer has rejected Amazon’s attempt to reverse a historic union victory at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, in what could be a lengthy approval battle. handed over the victory to him.

Thursday’s victory is a relief for the Amazon Workers’ Union, a grassroots group of former and current workers.

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

Shortly after the vote, Amazon filed more than 20 complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming it was tainted by the organizers and Region 29, the agency’s local office in Brooklyn, which oversaw the election. The case was subsequently transferred at Amazon’s request to another regional office based in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 24-day hearings, which Amazon tried unsuccessfully to keep private, were marked by tense exchanges between attorneys on both sides.

An NLRB spokesperson said on Thursday, Lisa Dunn, the agency executive who handled Amazon’s objections, said Amazon’s objections should be dismissed outright and unions should be authorized as bargaining agents for warehouses. concluded.

“Employers have not taken on the burden of establishing that Legion 29, petitioners, or third parties engaged in objectionable conduct to influence the outcome of the election,” the spokesperson said, summarizing Dunn’s recommendations. provided the

Amazon, unions, and agency offices in Brooklyn have until Sept. 16 to file exceptions to the report. This will send the case to the regional director, who will issue an order certifying the election results or ordering a rerun of the vote.The company expects the Democratic majority to be sympathetic to the union. You can appeal the order to a five-member labor committee.

Even when agencies support unions winning, experts say companies that don’t want unionized labor often refuse to negotiate. The move could spark a lengthy legal battle in federal court. , which some companies may use as a backdoor attempt to prevent workers from winning.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its next plans.

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