Saturday, March 25

Amazon’s NY union vote count continues, labor leads

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Organized labor supporters at an facility in New York City’s Staten Island held the lead in a contest to form a union as US regulators continued to tally votes on Friday.

When voting concluded for the day on Thursday, those workers who favored establishing the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) at the fulfillment center known as JFK8 maintained a 57-percent edge over those who voted against organizing.

The tally conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to conclude Friday.

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A victory for organized labor at the second-largest US private employer would be a historic first for the retailing behemoth in the United States and a milestone for labor advocates, who for years have considered Amazon’s labor practices a threat to workers.

Also on Thursday, 53% of Amazon workers in Alabama rejected unionization, in a still-not final outcome.

The Alabama contest could hinge on 416 challenged ballots to be adjudicated in the coming weeks, which are sufficient to change the result, said the NLRB. The situation is far different from last year when workers sided with Amazon by a more than 2-to- 1 margin against unionizing. (Additional reporting by Danielle Kaye Editing by Nick Zieminski)