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Amazon, union face off in a rematch election in New York

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon and the nascent group that successfully organised the company’s first-ever United States (US) union are headed for a rematch today, when a federal labor board will tally votes cast by warehouse workers in yet another election on Staten Island.

A second labour win could give workers in other Amazon facilities – and at other companies – the motivation they need to launch similar efforts. It could also cement the power and influence of the Amazon Labor Union, the grassroots group of former and current workers that secured last month’s historic victory.

But a union loss could mute some of the labour celebration and raise questions about whether the first victory was just a fluke.

The results of the election are expected to be announced soon after by the National Labor Relations Board, which is overseeing the process. Meanwhile, the agency must still decide whether to certify the first win, which has been disputed by Amazon.