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April 3, 2022
Amazon unionizes in New York City
State Island, New York Amazon organizes first Amazon union in the world.
This past weekend, Amazon© unionized its first working union, in Staten Island, New York, called ALU (Amazon Labor Union), organized for the most part by former Amazon employee Chris Smalls. With a majority 55% vote, the workers in New York for the retail online giant will have more collective bargaining power, and have say on their working conditions, safety standards/training, pay, and more.
“Amazon unionizing is a big statement to make to all large corporations that sends a message that all of us just want fair working standards, and a union is the way that will make sure that those standards are adhered to,” says Damien Kim, IBEW Local 1186 Business Manager/Financial Secretary. He says that the trickle down effect this will hopefully influence other dissatisfied and unhappy workers to organize, and stand up for workers’ rights.
For more information, visit the ALU website here.