Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Amazon warehouse workers withdrawn their NLRB union appeal

Amazon warehouse workers

Key Takeaways:

  • Christian Smalls, a former team member in charge of the effort, said they planned to resubmit it “as soon as possible.”
  • In September 2018, Amazon opened its Staten Island fulfillment center.

According to various accounts, Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island withdrew their petition to unionize from the National Labor Relations Board on Friday.

Christian Smalls, a former Amazon team member who is leading the drive, said on Twitter that the workers planned to resubmit their appeal as soon as possible. “@amazonlabor has met all of the requirements, as well as submitting over 2K signed cards,” Smalls stated.

“Because we have a 150 % turnover rate, the card check did not go in favor this time; however, do not be discouraged; we will resubmit as soon as possible.” The Associated Press and The Washington Post reported late Friday that NLRB officials confirmed the withdrawal. On November 22, a hearing was scheduled.

Amazon warehouse workers

“Our focus remains on directly listening to our employees and continuously improving on their behalf,” an Amazon spokesperson, Kelly Nantel, said in an email to Insider on Saturday. The union drive in Staten Island, a borough of New York City, was announced in late April, just a few weeks after another group in Bessemer, Alabama, failed to unionize. In Bessemer, approximately 71% of valid votes cast were against unionization.

One of the country’s largest employers, Amazon, has previously been accused of preventing employees from unionizing by posting anti-union messaging on its website. After being accused of intimidation in Alabama, the company stated, “It’s easy to predict the union will say that Amazon won this election because we intimidated employees, but that’s not true.”

Our employees were exposed to far more anti-Amazon messages from the union, policymakers, and media outlets than from us.” In August, according to Vice, NLRB officials discovered that Amazon management had illegally stopped a worker from handing out union pamphlets on Staten Island.


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