Workers at an Amazon warehouse on State Island overwhelmingly voted against unionizing, a month after employees at a larger neighboring warehouse voted in favor.
With 380 votes in favor and 618 opposed, 62% of workers at the LDJ5 warehouse rejected to join the independent Amazon Labor Union (ALU), the National Labor Relations Board said on May 2.
The outcome was a setback for ALU just weeks after employees at the JGK8 facility voted in support of the e-commerce company’s first United States union.
“This is a huge disappointment for the Amazon Labor Union a day after May Day,” labor organizer Jason Anthony said, as quoted by The Washington Post.
ALU said on Twitter that organizing at LDJ5 “and beyond” will continue.
“The fight has just begun,” ALU said.
Ahead of the vote at LDJ5, organizers have accused Amazon of cracking down on union activity at the warehouse.
ALU Treasurer Madeline Wesley said last week that Amazon held mandatory anti-union meetings at LDJ5 every day during each shift.
Amazon has said that it prefers negotiating directly with employers.
In an emailed statement to CNBC following the results of the vote, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said, “We’re 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.”
LDJ5 opened in 2020 and employs many part-time employees.
Current and former Amazon employees started ALU when they began fighting for greater health benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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