Amazon workers in New York’s Staten Island vote for unionization

Employees at an Amazon warehouse on New York’s Staten Island have voted to join a union.

The e-commerce giant has aggressively fought unionization efforts at the company.

The tally was 2,654 votes in favor of joining the union and 2,131 opposed.

There were 67 challenged ballots, a gap that’s too narrow to change the outcome of the election.

The results still need to be formally certified by the National Labor Relations Board.

Unions stand to disrupt the level of control that Amazon exerts over its warehouse and delivery employees, like its ability to unilaterally set the pace of work and hourly wages.

The union is led by Christian Smalls, a former JFK8 manager, who was fired by Amazon in 2020 after the company claimed he violated social distancing rules.

Smalls argued he was fired in retaliation for staging a protest in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic to call for stronger safety measures.

Amazon still faces another labor battle at its Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse.

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