(CNN Business)One week afterwards Amazon workers at a New York City warehouse made history by voting to form a matrimony, the tech giant is calling for a exercise-over ballot in filing Friday that lays out 25 objections that class the footing of its appeal.
In its filing to the National Labor Relations Lath,
alleges how the independent federal agency’s regional role which oversaw the election at its Staten Island facility, known equally JFK8, “unfairly and inappropriately facilitated the [Amazon Labor Marriage’s] victory.”
Information technology claims the agency used an “artificially reduced number” of employees in the voting unit of measurement to calculate whether ALU had garnered enough support to even hold an election. It too claims the bureau delayed investigating what information technology calls “frivolous” unfair labor practise charges that it says were “exploited” by the union. And it alleges that the bureau failed to properly staff the polls during the election, which ultimately “produced chaos and hours-long lines to vote on the showtime polling 24-hour interval, discouraging other employees from voting.”
Amazon also outlines declared misconduct on the function of ALU, the grassroots labor system started past electric current and quondam employees of the facility. Among its claims near the ALU, information technology says the union unlawfully intimidated employees and “threatened violence against its detractors.”
Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement Fri: “Based on the bear witness nosotros’ve seen so far, as gear up out in our objections, nosotros believe that the deportment of the NLRB and the ALU improperly suppressed and influenced the vote, and we think the ballot should be conducted over again and so that a fair and broadly representative vote tin be had.”
The Staten Island election marked the first time a grouping of US workers have successfully voted to course a wedlock in the company’s 27-year history. On Thursday, Amazon was granted a ii-week extension on filing the proof to support its objections.
In its filing requesting the extension from the NLRB regional director, Amazon noted that the election at the facility “was one of the largest in the Board’s recent history” and said that its “objections are anticipated to be substantial, both in the number … and the scope of the carry.”
Out of approximately 8,325 eligible voters, 4,785 votes were counted. In that location were 2,654 votes in favor of unionizing and 2,131 votes against it. Another 67 ballots were challenged and 17 were voided.
The ALU did not immediately respond to a asking for comment.
The company first indicated last week that it was exploring filing objections over what it claimed was “inappropriate and undue influence” on the function of the NLRB. Kayla Blado, acting director and press secretary for the NLRB, said in a statement to CNN Business final week: “The NLRB is an independent federal agency that Congress has charged with enforcing the National Labor Relations Human activity. All NLRB enforcement actions against Amazon accept been consistent with that Congressional mandate.”
Amazon said last calendar week that information technology was “disappointed” with the Staten Island results. While Amazon has repeatedly said in statements that its “employees take always had the choice of whether or not to join a union,” it besides spent $4.3 1000000 terminal year on anti-union consultants and used a combination of texting, on-site signage and mandatory meetings to convince workers to vote against unionizing.
Last Thursday, the same day the public vote count began for the Staten Island election, the ballots of a do-over marriage election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, were also tallied, only the event remains too close to phone call. There are 416 ballots being challenged, which is enough to sway the upshot. The NLRB is expected to concur a hearing to review the contested ballots in the coming weeks.
In contrast to the bootstrapped Staten Isle effort, the Bessemer drive was done in tandem with the Retail, Wholesale and Section Store Union, an 85-year-quondam labor matrimony. The original election, held a yr ago, favored Amazon, simply the results were scrapped later on an NLRB regional director determined that Amazon illegally interfered, a conclusion the company chosen “disappointing.”
The RWDSU this calendar week filed objections to the exercise-over election, arguing that Amazon again interfered with its employees right to vote freely in a fair election and it chosen for the NLRB regional manager to agree a hearing to determine if the results should be prepare aside again. The RWSDU alleged at that place were instances of termination and retaliation of wedlock supporters, intimidation and surveillance of employees engaged in organizing activities, and discrepancies with the list of eligible voters provided to the matrimony. The RWSDU too declared Amazon applied new rules to prohibit organizing, removed pro-union literature, and threatened to close the facility if the wedlock succeeded.
“Nosotros’ve said from the beginning that nosotros want our employees’ voices to exist heard, and nosotros promise the NLRB counts every valid vote,” said Amazon’due south Nantel in a statement nigh the Bessemer vote.
The RWDSU previously filed several unfair labor practice complaints over Amazon’s conduct at the facility. One complaint took issue with required group meetings where Amazon representatives conveyed its anti-union opinion to workers, which the matrimony argued violated workers’ correct to refrain from organizing-related activities.
While these required meetings are a mutual tactic similarly used by a number of other employers and one that is legally permitted, the union asked the NLRB to review the constabulary. On Thursday, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memo calling for the bureau to reconsider its stance on mandatory meetings of this nature.
Amazon, which previously told CNN Business the RWDSU’s complaint has no merit, declined to comment on Abruzzo’due south memo.
The battle over treatment of workers within Amazon’s facilities is widely viewed equally central to the hereafter of work in the United States. The company is the nation’southward second largest private employer and is known for its heavy emphasis on automation and tracking of productivity. Its loftier turnover rates, on-the-job injuries and increased worker activism, have besides drawn meaning attention to its workplace conditions in recent years.
In late May, Amazon shareholders are expected to take the opportunity to vote on a resolution for an contained audit of the company’s warehouse working conditions, according to a Reuters report on Thursday.