STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Amazon Labor Union on Staten Island is about to file for a union election Monday with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board.
If accredited, it could result in a company-wide vote on whether or not or to not unionize 4 completely different Amazon amenities on Staten Island that make use of round 7,000 employees.
The labor union says it desires to have the ability to negotiate higher pay, extra day without work, longer breaks, and fewer obligatory extra time amongst different advantages.
Talking on “Mornings On 1” Monday, Chris Smalls, the president of the Amazon Labor Union, acknowledged that Amazon’s $15 an hour wage is healthier than its opponents, however says job safety is essential.
“If the job was sustainable, they would not be hiring on a regular basis,” mentioned Smalls. “That is the actual query that everybody has to ask. Why are they in a position to do that? It is as a result of they fireplace at a charge of 150%. So unionizing is job safety and thats precisely what we’d like right here. In order that’s why six months in the past once we began this marketing campaign, employees mentioned that is one thing that we wish and right here we’re at present on the brink of file for an election.”
The NLRB will resolve whether or not or to not validate the petition as soon as it is filed. Amazon would then be required to tell all of its workers of the petition and set a time for a vote and depend.
The vote would want to get 50% help to ensure that Amazon to acknowledge the union.
Amazon issued a press release saying it empowers folks to search out methods to enhance their jobs day-after-day, and would not assume unions are the very best reply for its employees.