Amazon plans to challenge the results of the election in which workers at a New York warehouse voted to organize with the Amazon Workers Union, according to a deadline extension request the company filed with the National Labor Relations Board (or NLRB). In the document, which you can read in full below, Amazon says it is gathering evidence to show the union “threatened employees to force them to vote yes,” “campaigned and interfered with employees waiting in line to vote” and “threatened immigrants with loss of benefits if they did not vote.”
Amazon has not yet filed its final official objections, according to Kayla Blado, a spokeswoman for the NLRB. It will have until 11:59 pm ET on Friday to do so, although the company has until April 22 to present the evidence it claims to be gathering.
Amazon’s objection seemed almost inevitable. When it became known that the workers had voted to unionize 2,654 to 2,131 in a historic victory against the notoriously anti-union company, Amazon issued a statement saying it was evaluating its options, which included “filing objections based on improper and undue influence of the NLRB.” While the company’s main complaints appear to be with the union, its extension request mentions that it plans to contest “frivolous and unfair labor practice charges against Amazon.”
The NLRB has sued the company for allegedly firing employees in retaliation for union activity and issued a complaint saying that Amazon was “threaten, surveil and interrogate” workers in the run-up to the elections. He also wants to prevent the company forcing employees to attend “captive public” meetingswhere he presents anti-union talking points to the workers forced to attend.
In response to Amazon’s objections, a lawyer working for ALU said Reuters: “Saying that the Amazon Workers Union was threatening employees is really absurd”, given that the union is made up of the company’s employees. Amazon did not immediately respond to the edgerequest for comments on Thursday.