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2nd Amazon warehouse in NYC to hold union election in April

NEW YORK (AP) – A second Amazon warehouse in the New York City borough of Staten Island will have a union election in April, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said on Friday.

In-person voting will be held at the facility known as LDJ5 every day from April 25-29, except for April 26, an NLRB spokesperson said. The count is expected to take place on May 2.

The United States (US) federal labour board had approved the second union vote on Staten Island earlier this month. Amazon is already facing another in-person union vote March 25-30 at JFK8, a separate warehouse neighbouring LDJ5.

“We look forward to having our employees’ voices heard in this election, and our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work,” said an Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel.

Amazon has long been criticised for poor working conditions. The organisation effort at both warehouses is being led by the Amazon Labor Union, a group headed by a former Amazon employee who was fired after protesting working conditions at the company in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employees at another company warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, are now casting mail ballots for a union election, with a tally expected to begin on March 28. Last year, workers at the Alabama facility voted against unionising. US federal labour officials scrapped the results and ordered a re-do in November, ruling the Seattle-based online retail giant had tainted the results.

People arrive at the Amazon distribution centre in the Staten Island borough of New York. PHOTO: AP