Amazon warehouse workers in New York vote against unionization

Workers at Amazon warehouses in Staten Island, New York, rejected a union offer on Monday, dealing a blow to organizers who last month pulled off the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the history of the retail giant.

The votes were still being counted, but ballots against the union were enough to push back a second victory for the nascent Amazon Labor Union (ALU), a group of former and current Amazon workers leading the union. organizational effort.

The ballots disputed by Amazon or the ALU were not enough to influence the result.

A separate election held last month gave the ALU a surprise victory when workers at another Staten Island facility voted to unionize. This was a first for Amazon in the United States.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement that it was up to employees to decide whether they wanted to join a union. But “as a company, we don’t think unions are the best answer for our employees,” she said.

“Our goal remains to work directly with our team to continue to make Amazon a great place to work.”

A second labor victory could give workers at other Amazon facilities — and other companies — the motivation they need to launch similar efforts. It would also have cemented the power and influence of the ALU within the labor movement.