Following the first successful union election in an Amazon warehouse, the company shared in a filing that it plans to file several objections to the conduct of both the union and the National Labor Relations Board in an effort to contest the results.
The Amazon Labor Union became the first group to successfully unionize a group of Amazon workers when it won an election at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island by more than 500 votes on April 1. Amazon immediately announced its objection to the result and also expressed its intention to challenge the conduct of the NLRB, the federal body that oversees the administration of U.S. labor laws and union elections.
Both parties have the right to file objections to union election conduct after the results are announced, and the NLRB must rule on those objections before it can officially certify the results of the election. While the company has not issued further public comment since the vote on April 1, Amazon's April 7 filing with the NLRB shows that the company plans to accuse the Amazon Labor Union of coercing people to vote in favor of the union, as well as accusing the NLRB of behavior that "interfered with employee free choice."
In the filing, the company asked the NLRB for more time to gather evidence of these accusations, and the NLRB granted the extension.
“The employees have spoken and their voices have been heard,” Eric Milner, an attorney for the Amazon Labor Union, said in a statement to the Associated Press. “Amazon is choosing to ignore that, and instead engage in stalling tactics to avoid the inevitable."
A second union election with the ALU for a different Staten Island facility will begin on April 25. Amazon union organizers with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in Bessemer, Alabama, are also waiting on official election results, where just over 400 contested ballots will determine a victor there.