Amazon appears to be losing its case to unravel the union victory that formed the company’s first organized warehouse in the U.S.After workers in Staten Island, N.Y., voted to join the Amazon Labor Union this spring, the company appealed the result. A federal labor official presided over weeks of hearings on the case and is now recommending that Amazon’s objections be rejected in their entirety and that the union should be certified.
“Today is a great day for Labor,” tweeted ALU president Chris Smalls, who launched the union after Amazon fired him from the Staten Island warehouse following his participation in a pandemic-era walkout.
The case has attracted a lot of attention as it weighs the fate of the first – and so far only – successful union push at an Amazon warehouse in the U.S. It’s also large-scale, organizing more than 8,000 workers at the massive facility.
This hardly means the rest of Amazon is going to organize or that Amazon is going to give up and sign a contract (I’d be shocked if it doesn’t find ways to delay until after the 2024 presidential election) but it’s a very positive sign and one that infuriates Republicans.