A petition to hold an Amazon union vote has garnered over 2,000 signatures from warehouse workers across four Staten Island, New York facilities. There are ~7,000 workers across the four facilities. Under federal requirements, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), an independent set of employees, must get 30% of them to sign the petition to hold an election.
- The ALU's president is Chris Smalls, a former employee who was terminated last year.
- Smalls said he was fired for organizing protests against working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Amazon said he violated safety protocols.
- In April, warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, rejected an attempt to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
- The RWDSU accused Amazon of employing anti-union tactics in its challenge of the results.
- In August, a National Relations Labor Board hearing officer said the election should be re-done, but a final decision has yet to be made.