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•  GeekWire reports that this week, "Teamsters leaders including Sean O’Brien, general president of the union, brought their campaign to organize Amazon warehouse and logistics workers to the company’s doorstep in Seattle … A large crowd marched past the Amazon Spheres and the company’s headquarters towers, filling the streets north of downtown Seattle, and delivering loud chants in protest of Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos … The Teamsters accuse Amazon of mistreating warehouse and logistics workers, and allege that the company has illegally thwarted efforts to unionize its fulfillment centers in some parts of the country … The march by the Teamsters on Amazon HQ coincides with the Teamsters Women’s Conference, taking place in Seattle this week."

An Amazon spokesperson responded to the protest:  "We respect the rights of individuals to peacefully protest.  And as we’ve always said, it’s our employees’ choice of whether or not to join a union — it always has been. As a company, we don’t think unions are the best answer for our workforce and our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work.”

GeekWire notes that "Amazon CEO Andy Jassy hinted at the Code conference earlier this month that the company would continue to appeal to the landmark vote to approve a union at its Staten Island warehouse, saying there were 'a lot of very disturbing irregularities' in the vote."