The Washington Post reports that "union organizers in New York pledged to keep fighting to organize Amazon workers Monday, despite a setback when workers at a Staten Island warehouse rejected joining the union.
'Workers at the LDJ5 warehouse voted against joining the independent Amazon Labor Union, casting 618 votes against unionization, compared with 380 votes in favor. The union’s loss comes just weeks after it made history by organizing the first successful vote to unionize at an Amazon warehouse in the United States.
"Labor organizers blamed, in part, Amazon’s union-busting tactics for the loss Monday and said the blow will not be the end of the movement."
The Wall Street Journal quotes an Amazon spokeswoman as saying that the company is “glad that our team at LDJ5 were able to have their voices heard. We look forward to continuing to work directly together as we strive to make every day better for our employees.”
According to the Journal, "A lawyer who has represented Amazon Labor Union, the fledgling group behind the effort to unionize Amazon facilities in New York and elsewhere, said the union was weighing whether to file objections against Amazon related to the vote, and that organizing efforts would continue at LDJ5 and elsewhere. Organizers at Amazon Labor Union had said they viewed the LDJ5 election as an important next step in their push to unionize other company warehouse locations."
The Hill reports that "Amazon has been granted a hearing over its claims that the successful union vote at a Staten Island facility last month was improperly carried out … Amazon asserted that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Brooklyn office seemingly supported the union push, and the case was transferred to the Phoenix-based region."
The Journal notes that "some workers at LDJ5 said they didn’t support the union because they were satisfied with their pay and benefits. Esther Jackson, a 50-year-old LDJ5 worker, said Amazon’s benefits, which include 401(k) and healthcare options, have been the best she has ever had. Ms. Jackson said she is grateful for Amazon, which hired her last year despite a criminal background."
- KC's View:
This is a scenario that in some ways Amazon ought to appreciate … when it comes to the unionization movement there, to coin a phrase, Today is Day One.
I'm still waiting for Amazon to make the big move - the moment in which it determines the need for a national strategy that redefines management-labor relations at the company, that applies high levels of innovation to the problem.
Hasn't happened yet. I'm not hopeful. But hope springs eternal.