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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Within Amazon’s JFK8 Warehouse, A Union Election is Set to Begin

According to National Labor Relations Board spokesman Kayla Blado, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) is pushing forward with unionization efforts at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse after having “reached a sufficient showing of interest” to hold an election.

The NLRB has set a hearing for February 16th, following which the election’s specifics and date will be determined. As Vice reporter Lauren Kaori Gurley pointed out on Twitter, this is only the second time Amazon warehouse workers have reached this stage in the unionization process.

The ALU tweeted on Wednesday that their petition had been approved and that “the struggle is just getting started.” It’s been trying to unionize Amazon employees in New York for a while: in October 2021, it filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to organize a union election for Amazon employees on Staten Island. It eventually withdrew the proposal due to a lack of signatures and resubmitted it in December, focused just on the JFK8 warehouse, where it had previously organized walkouts.

Another union effort is presently underway at its BHM1 factory in Bessemer, Alabama, with an election set to begin on February 4th. It’s the warehouse’s second election, which was mandated after the NLRB concluded that Amazon tampered with the first, which took place in 2021.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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