Amazon workers in New York this Friday approved the founding of the first web colossus union in the United States, a historic fact for a company that has opposed its employees’ union since its creation 27 years ago.
Workers at the Staten Island JFK8 warehouse approved organization with a vote of 2,654 to 2,131, according to a report by the Federal Labor Relations Agency.
It’s official‼ ️ Amazon Labor Union is the first Amazon union in US HISTORY‼ ️POWER TO THE PEOPLE! #UnionStrong #ALUvirdieWen
– Amazon Labor Union (@amazonlabor) 1 April 2022
It is a historic victory for labor rights in the United States, at a time when 68% of the population approves unions, the highest rate since 1965 according to a Gallup poll by NBC and the Europa Press news agency.
The victory is also the result of the initiative led by Christian Smallsa worker fired in 2020 for helping to organize a strike against poor coronavirus security protocols determined by the company.
@amazon wanted to make me the face of all the union efforts against them…. well there you go! @JeffBezos @DavidZapolsky CONGRATULATIONS 🎉 @amazonlabor We worked had fun and made history‼ ️✊🏾 #ALU # ALUfortheWin welcomes the 1st union in America for Amazon 🔥🔥🔥🔥
– Christian Smalls (@Shut_downAmazon) 1 April 2022
“It’s official. The Amazon Workers Union (ALU) is the first in American history. Power to the people!”celebrated on social networks their employees, which was congratulations by some members of the political class American, such as Democratic Congressmen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.
“The union victory at Amazon in Staten Island is a sign that American workers are no longer accepting exploitation. They are tired of working longer hours for lower wages. They want an economy that works for everyone, not just Jeff Bezos. , “Sanders thought. .
For the very first time, workers at @amazonlabor was successful in organizing a union at an Amazon facility. I congratulate them on their extraordinary victory. I believe it’s going to be a shot in the arm for this country’s labor movement. pic.twitter.com/9hr5Skaluq
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) 1 April 2022
At stake was the ability of the leading e-commerce and computer services company to remain union-free in its home market, a status that has steadily protected it since the company’s inception in the 1990s.
Amazon argues that union formation will damage direct relationships between the company and workers, will be a leap into the unknown, and does not guarantee that workers will get better wages or better job security.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of U.S. workers in the union dropped from nearly 20% in 1983 to about 10% in 2021.quoted by the AFP news agency.
Trade union officials told a news conference on Thursday that their campaign last year, which was even backed by President Joe Biden, had helped incite similar measures across the United States.