Two of the four workers that filed a vote of no confidence in Amazon’s management on Friday have withdrawn their demand for a union in favor of a voluntary membership.
According to the employees, the leaders of the firm emailed to notify them that they would be allowing membership, rather than a union, according to KRISTY PARKS, one of the organizers with Long Island City Unite Here Local 338 who filed the public vote. “They have made it very clear in their email that they think the vote should be voluntary,” Ms. Parks said.
In the email, the staff, who work in the fulfillment center, which is located just across the water from New York City, said the union campaign had “resulted in no improvement for the workers.” The workers have asked that Amazon work with them to improve the working conditions at the company’s facility and that the firm offers them a $15 wage.
“It really took a team effort to get us here. I think that the ball has now been dropped and it’s going to be a lot harder for them to get their message out,” Ms. Parks said.
According to Ms. Parks, the workers made the decision to withdraw their motion on Friday evening because the email had been received in the middle of the day. As of Saturday morning, she said that there were still workers who were not in favor of a union, and that the company was still trying to convey its message about the cost benefits of working for Amazon.
Mr. Whipple, spokesperson for the company, confirmed that the firm was still in talks with its employees. The second vote of no confidence sent a message, he said, but the company had made a commitment to reaching out to the workers who had declined.
“No one can force any worker to join a union,” he said. “We want to tell workers at the facility, ‘you have another option: to unionize. We will be negotiating a fair contract, you just have to join.’ ”