Second Staten Island Amazon union election: Votes to be counted Monday

STATE ISLAND, NY — Federal officials will count the votes in Amazon workers’ second election to decide whether they will join an independent local union on Monday, May 2.

A spokesperson for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that vote counting for the election at the LDJ5 site in Bloomfield is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the NLRB office in Brooklyn.

On April 1, this office was the site of the Amazon Labor Union’s historic election victory that made workers at JFK8 warehouse in Bloomfield the first Amazon workers in the nation to unionize.

All full-time and part-time hourly fulfillment center associates employed at the LDJ5 sorting center were eligible to vote in the election that ended last week.

Prior to this election, the union enjoyed stronger support from national political and labor leaders than before the JFK8 election.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens/Bronx) and several major national union leaders joined ALU organizers outside LDJ5 at the sprawling complex Amazon’s West Shore on April 24.

ALU won that April 1 election at JFK8 by a margin of 2,654 to 2,131 — a 55% margin. Amazon opposed the victory, alleging that organizers threatened workers unless they voted for the union, according to court documents. ALU has denied these allegations.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were the guests of honor at the Amazon Labor Union press conference in Bloomfield on Sunday, April 24, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Lauren Lovallo)(Staten Island Advance/Lauren Lo

Maddie Wesley, one of the main organizers of the LDJ5 sorting center, expressed her solidarity with the workers of the JFK8 facility during this rally on April 24 and said that she hoped that the workers of her facility would take the same decision.

“We’re going to win this,” she said. “Of course, there are differences between the buildings, but we need the union in JFK8. We need the union in LDJ5. We need the union in all Amazon warehouses around the world, and every worker deserves a union .

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