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Amazon to get a hearing that could overturn a NEW union vote, says the board’s official




An organizer from the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) greets workers outside Amazon’s LDJ5 sorting center, while employees begin voting to organize a second warehouse in the Staten Island neighborhood of New York City, USA April 25, 2022. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid./File Photo

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May 1 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Incs (AMZN.O) objections to a landmark union election in a New York City warehouse justify a hearing that could overturn the result, said a US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official.

The online store has accused NLRB’s Brooklyn office of appearing to support the union and claimed that labor organizers scared workers to vote in their favor, the union claims has denied. read more

Referring to the Brooklyn office’s behavior, Amazon last month secured the transfer of the case to the NLRB’s Phoenix-based region. The office’s director, Cornele Overstreet, said the evidence behind Amazon’s allegations “may be grounds for overturning the election,” according to a submission on Friday.

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About 55% of employees who voted from Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in the Staten Island district chose to join the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), which has argued for higher wages and job security. Turnout was around 58%. read more

The election marked the first time American employees at Amazon had decided to organize in the company’s almost 28-year history, a victory for organized labor that for years sought more protection from workers at the country’s second largest private employer. read more

Overstreet did not specify which of Amazon’s 25 objections had the potential to invalidate the election outcome. He said that the parties can present testimony from 23 May, after which an NLRB hearing officer will recommend whether to maintain the result. The process can take weeks.

Eric Milner, a lawyer for ALU, said the bar for a hearing is “very low” and no official has investigated Amazon’s alleged evidence yet.

“While ALU is disappointed with any delay from Amazon in its negotiation commitments, we are confident that all of Amazon’s objections will eventually be overridden,” he said.

Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said: “We want our employees to have their voices heard, and in this case it did not happen – less than a third of the employees on the ground voted for the union.”

The NLRB has said that their enforcement actions against Amazon have been in accordance with the congressional mandate.

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Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in Palo Alto, California; Edited by Lisa Shumaker and Stephen Coates

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