Amazon lawyers want a do-over, claim historic NYC union vote was ‘tainted’ by NLRB

As billionaire Jeff Bezos celebrates Amazon’s designation as LinkedIn’s top company on Twitter, Amazon attorneys are claiming the historic union victory at one of its New York City warehouses was the “tainted” result of actions by union organizers and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — and now Amazon wants a do-over on the election.

In a court document filed Friday and obtained by the Associated Press, lawyers for the e-commerce giant presented a list of 25 objections to the union vote, including allegations that organizers within the newly-established Amazon Labor Union (ALU), led by fired Amazon worker Chris Smalls, intimidated workers into voting for the union.

Eric Milner, an attorney representing the ALU, called the claim “patently absurd.”

After Amazon first made its planned objections public on Thursday, Miller said in a statement, “The employees have spoken.”

“Amazon is choosing to ignore that, and instead engage in stalling tactics to avoid the inevitable — coming to the bargaining table and negotiating for a contract” on the workers’ behalf, Miller said.

Approximately 55% of the Staten Island warehouse workers cast 2,654 votes in favor of unionizing last Friday, but according to the Amazon filing, ALU organizers “intentionally created hostile confrontations in front of eligible voters,” when they interrupted mandatory company meetings held in the hope of urging employees to reject the union drive.

 

“In a filing released earlier this month, the company disclosed it spent about $4.2 million last year on labor consultants,” AP reports.

Also among the Amazon objections is the ALU organizers’ distribution of marijuana to the workers. The labor board “cannot condone such a practice as a legitimate method of obtaining support for a labor organization,” the filing reads.

As recreational marijuana use is now legal in New York, Milner argued that distributing weed “is no different than distributing free t-shirts and it certainly did not act to interfere with the election,” adding that Amazon is grasping at straws.

Amazon also alleges that ALU organizers improperly polled the workers.

Initially, Amazon based its decision to challenge the vote based on a lawsuit filed by the NLRB in March that would force Amazon to reinstate Gerald Bryson, a union drive participant who was fired by the company, claiming the NLRB’s lawsuit created an impression that the board supported the union and “failed to protect the integrity and neutrality of its procedures.”

“Based on the evidence we’ve seen so far, as set out in our objections, we believe tha the actions of the NLRB and the ALU improperly suppressed and influenced the vote, and we think the election should be conducted again so that a fair and broadly representative vote can be had,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement issued Friday.

The NLRB did not immediately respond to AP’s request for comment, but its spokesperson, Kayla Blado, had previously pointed out that the agency is authorized by Congress to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.

“All NLRB enforcement actions against Amazon have been consistent with that Congressional mandate,” Blado said.

Other objections to the union vote include claims that the NLRB was understaffed, didn’t have enough equipment, and failed to properly deal with the media presence around the voting area, which, Amazon alleges, led to long lines and “discouraged many employees from voting in subsequent polling sessions.”

Meanwhile, despite the chaos of unions and working conditions strained by COVID-19, Amazon was voted LinkedIn’s top company in 2022, an achievement Jeff Bezos celebrated on Twitter Wednesday.

“We must be better every day, and we know there is even more to do, but super proud of Amazon being ranked the #1 place where people want to work by LinkdIn,” Bezos, who is no longer playing an active role at the company, tweeted.

“Their methodology uses LinkedIn’s unique data set from its 810 million members and evaluates many factors including the ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, and gender diversity,” Bezos continued. “Thank you to each and every one of Amazon’s employees for all your hard work and dedication. It is Day 1.”

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Skysoldier1968
Skysoldier1968
1 month ago

The new form of democracy. We will keep doing it over until we get the results we want.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Its what Unions do

CARCOLLECTOR
CARCOLLECTOR
1 month ago

AMAZON………..PLEASE GFY !!

jimpa
jimpa
1 month ago

NO DO OVERS losers NO!!!!!!!!!

RayMan
RayMan
1 month ago

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the NLRB was involved. That’s the gubment hard at work (so to speak).

Protondo
Protondo
1 month ago

Typical Leftist behavior. They don’t like the result of an election, so they want a do-over, but if anyone else dares to question election integrity, they throw themselves on the ground, kicking and screaming.

Elections have consequences. Deal with it!

Fed Up
Fed Up
1 month ago

Cmon man! This is NY were talking about. Of course the Democrats used the NLRB to help make sure the warehouse voted the union in. You can’t possibly think that Joey, who uses the DOJ to go after every political opponent, from parents to governors to state legislatures, is not going to use another corrupt government agency to get the result they want. How can you not have to vote for unionization not go the unions way? This is big blue NY we’re talking about. The only question for Amazon is how soon they decide that they can do without that warehouse. They may keep it, but it won’t grow with the rest of the company. Labor troubles caused by the bad seeds in every union shop will make sure of that.

Long live right to work states!!!

Let’s go Brandon!!!!!

Andylit
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Andylit
1 month ago

We can fix the union problem in the US with some very simple rules.

  1. All union elections should be with secret ballots.
  2. All unions should be forced to hold a recertification vote every 5 years.
  3. Union membership should never be a requirement for any job.

The 3 items above are the reason unions continue to exist today.

Members rarely if ever are allowed to vote with secrecy.

In most unions, no living member participated in a vote to form the local. Unions created 50, 75, even 100 years ago have never been forced to re-certify. We KNOW from recent experience in WI that given the choice many, often most members quit the local and/or vote to disband.

How we ever came to the point of allowing a union requirement to get a job is a testament to the utterly anti-American posture of the Dems.

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