Emboldened by recent results from the nearby JFK8 fulfillment center, workers at Staten Island’s LDJ5 sorting center are set to hold their own vote this coming Monday, April 25. Voting will continue until Friday the 29th, with vote counting due to begin on May 2 – almost exactly one month after the historic April results.
Votes will be cast by secret ballot inside a tent, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). After a 2,654-2,131 labor victory in the JFK8 vote, Amazon openly accused the NLRB of putting the thumbs up. The company told TechCrunch,
“We are disappointed with the Staten Island election results because we believe having a direct relationship with the company is best for our employees. We are weighing our options, including filing objections based on the inappropriate and undue influence of the NLRB that we and others (including the National Retail Federation and the American Chamber of Commerce) have witnessed in this election.
Today also marks the deadline to file a formal complaint for this election, though the company tells TechCrunch it has nothing new to report on that front. Amazon has been extremely aggressive in its attempts to crush any labor organization after years of reporting on working conditions. The retail industry is no doubt wary of a domino effect similar to the one Starbucks is currently experiencing. It is clear, however, that a first has excited union organizers.
Meanwhile, a re-voter at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama warehouse awaits a hearing to review the disputed ballots. “No” votes are currently leading by a good margin, although there are theoretically enough extra ballots to close that gap.
A number of high-profile politicians are expected to visit LDJ5 over the weekend to help rally workers’ efforts, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.