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Amazon Warehouse Workers In New York To File For Union Vote

Added 10-25-21 11:07:01am EST - “Amazon workers in New York plan to take an initial step towards forming a union. Organizers say they have collected some 2,000 signatures for a union vote from warehouse workers on Staten Island.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Amazon Warehouse Workers In New York To File For Union Vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Chris Smalls, who runs the self-organized worker group Amazon Labor Union, has been gathering signatures from Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island in support of a union election. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

Chris Smalls, who runs the self-organized worker group Amazon Labor Union, has been gathering signatures from Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island in support of a union election.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York plan to take their first formal step toward unionization on Monday.

Organizers from Amazon's Staten Island facilities say they've collected some 2,000 signatures from warehouse workers who say they want a union election. On Monday afternoon, they plan to hand-deliver those signatures to a local labor office, which could authorize such a vote.

This labor push stands out for being unaffiliated with any national union. It's a product of a self-organized, grassroots worker group called the Amazon Labor Union, financed via GoFundMe. It is run by Chris Smalls, who led a walkout at the start of the pandemic to protest working conditions and was fired the same day.

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