According to CNBC, workers at Amazon’s LDJ5 facility on Staten Island in New York City will vote on whether to unionize with the Amazon Labor Union on April 25th. It is the second Amazon warehouse on Staten Island to have a union election; workers at the company’s JFK8 facility, which is also seeking to be represented by the ALU, will begin voting on March 25th.
According to CNBC, the LDJ5 vote will be held in person, and the results will be tallied by the National Labor Relations Board commencing May 2nd.
It’s been a long path for LDJ5 employees to this election. The warehouse was included in a workers’ appeal to the NLRB to hold elections at various Staten Island sites, but the ALU dropped that petition so that it could focus on JFK8. The union later filed a new petition for LDJ5, which was approved by the NLRB earlier this month.
The NLRB accused Amazon of anti-union activities at its Staten Island locations as workers began organizing. The labor watchdog has filed lawsuits against the corporation, alleging that it threatened, surveilled, and interrogated employees participating in unionization efforts, and even fired one in punishment for his union activity. These accounts have been challenged by Amazon.
The NLRB also determined that Amazon interfered with a union election in Bessemer, Alabama, last year, prompting it to order a re-run. According to CNBC, the votes for the Bessemer election redo will be counted on March 28th.