December 3, 2023

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Amazon will face union elections next month at one of its warehouses in upstate New York, the company confirmed to CNBC.

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Amazon said workers at the warehouse, which is located in the city of Shodack, southeast of Albany, New York, will cast their ballots between October 12 and 17.

A group of workers at the facility, known as ALB1, filed a request for a union vote last month. They are seeking to be represented by the Amazon Labor Union, a grassroots group of current and former employees who successfully unionized one of Amazon’s Staten Island warehouses, known as JFK8.

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In late August the National Labor Relations Board determined that employees had met the requirements to hold union elections at the Albany warehouse. Unions are eligible to hold elections after collecting signatures of support from at least 30% of workers.

Amazon spokesman Paul Flanningen said the company doubts it has enough “valid signatures” to move forward with the election, but it supports the right of employees “to have their voices heard, and we hope and hope.” Let’s say this process allows for it.”

NLRB spokeswoman Kayla Bladow and union organizer Heather Goodall confirmed elections will be held at the facility next month.

Bladow said the election would take place in a tent outside the facility. NLRB will start counting of votes from October 18.

The Albany election will test whether the ALU can repeat its victory on Staten Island. The ALU suffered an initial setback in May when employees at a nearby facility refused to join a union.

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In recent months, the ALU has been locked in legal disputes with Amazon over the results of the JFK8 vote. Amazon has argued that the results should be thrown out, accusing the union and the NLRB of engaging in misconduct that tainted the election process.

Earlier this month, an NLRB official recommended that Amazon’s objections be dismissed, and the results upheld. Amazon has until Friday to appeal the official recommendations.

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