December 1, 2022
Amazon's labor union lost a key vote to unionize a second New York City warehouse on Monday, a setback for efforts to organize workers at the e-commerce giant supported by prominent Democrats.

Amazon‘s labor union lost a key vote to unionize a second New York City warehouse on Monday, a setback for efforts to organize workers at the e-commerce giant supported by prominent Democrats.

The union fell significantly short, with 618 votes against unionizing and 380 votes for it.

The labor union, which had a historic victory last month when workers at another warehouse facility in New York voted in favor of unionization, said it would continue the fight.

“The organizing will continue at this facility and beyond,” the group wrote on Twitter. “The fight has just begun.”

“Mega-corporations continue to spend millions in union-busting + fear tactics & we continue to organize for a society not based on exploitation & greed,” the union added.

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The union also said it would contest the results of the election because it says Amazon violated the conditions of the election with mandatory anti-union meetings, VICE reported. The National Labor Relations Board, which ran the election, has been trying to end this practice by Amazon.

The Biden administration is in talks with workers behind the union drives at Amazon and Starbucks about visiting the White House, indicating strong support for the unionization drives, the Washington Post reported.

Biden threw his support behind the Amazon workers and championed their unionization cause earlier in April.

Nationally prominent liberals such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had supported the union activists in Staten Island ahead of the vote, with Sanders even accusing the tech giant of having “horrible working conditions.”

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“I say to Jeff Bezos: when you’re out on your $500 million yacht, I want you to think about the workers in Staten Island and all over the country,” Sanders said at a union-related rally in April. “They don’t want to be exploited — they want decent wages, decent benefits, and dignity on the job.”

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