Amazon ramps up anti-union message ahead of NYC worker vote

Amazon is pounding staff at a Staten Island warehouse with an anti-union message ahead of a vote this week on whether or not they wish to kind a union.

In latest days, the e-commerce big has despatched letters to staff’ houses, referred to as them on the cellphone, posted anti-union messages at its facility — together with within the bogs, hallways above ATMS and different frequent areas — in line with a Vice report.

The company can be shopping for adverts on Facebook and Instagram in March, with captions together with, “The ALU can’t guarantee anything it is promising” and “When you know, you vote NO.”

The adverts have been seen greater than 20,000 occasions by folks in New York and New Jersey since they have been positioned final week, in line with Meta information. 

And Amazon set up an internet site that criticizes the impartial group spearheading the union drive – Amazon Labor Union – for “making big promises but offering very little detail on how they will achieve them.”

Amazon Labor Union workers meeting in a conference room.
The Amazon Labor Union is led by a former Amazon worker, Chris Smalls.
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Amazon workers who support the union meeting in a conference room.
The Staten Island warehouse staff might grow to be the primary staff within the US to kind a union at Amazon.
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The web site warns staff that union dues might price them “hundreds of dollars each year from your paycheck.” 

The web site says ALU “has no experience representing any associates, anywhere” and the group has “never managed the millions of dollars they would receive from your paychecks.”

The voting on the JFK8 facility on Staten Island, which employs about 7,500 staff, will start on March 25 and proceed by means of March 30. 

An ad discouraging Amazon workers from voting to form a union.
Amazon is ramping up an anti-union marketing campaign, inserting adverts on Facebook.
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They might grow to be the primary group of Amazon staff to be unionized within the United States in the event that they vote for a union, although Amazon warns that they shouldn’t.

The effort is being led by a former Amazon worker – Chris Smalls – who was fired in 2020 after he says he complained about security and dealing situations on the facility throughout the pandemic. Amazon mentioned he violated the company’s security insurance policies.

Smalls is spearheading the hassle with out the backing of an current union and consultants say the percentages are stacked towards him. He can be organizing a second facility on Staten Island that can provoke a vote the week of April 25.

“We’ve had plenty of small victories along the way,” Smalls instructed The Wall Street Journal. “We want to apply pressure and can still make more changes. We want to put workers in the driver’s seat.”

At the identical time, staff at a facility in Bessemer, Ala. are presently voting – for a second time – on whether or not to kind a union.

Amazon received the primary vote final year, however the National Relations Labor Board dominated that the company interfered with the vote and ordered a brand new election.

The NLRB mentioned Amazon engaged in “objectionable conduct” throughout the labor marketing campaign, together with the alleged use of surveillance cameras the place staff dropped off their ballots at a mailbox on the company’s property. 

Amazon workers protesting about unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses.
At the peak of the pandemic, Amazon staff complained about unsafe working situations at warehouses.
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The union spearheading the Bessemer marketing campaign, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union, has alleged that Amazon is interfering with this second election as effectively.

Amazon has denied these allegations. The company didn’t instantly reply for remark concerning the Staten Island vote.

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