Amazon is facing a wave of walkouts and strikes as the holiday shopping season approaches
Amazon is now running its second Prime Day sale of the year, which is marketed as a means to obtain Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains early. Workers who handle the massive quantity of goods that travel through Amazon’s facilities, warehouses, and air hubs are seeking better compensation and working conditions as the company courts customers. Strikes, walkouts, and the possibility of another unionized warehouse are all looming as Amazon prepares to enter one of its busiest seasons.
Workers at Amazon’s ALB1 plant in Albany, New York, began voting on Wednesday on whether to unionize with the Amazon Labor Union, the same organization that unionized Amazon’s JFK8 site and is presently negotiating a contract with Amazon. Another fulfillment facility in Moreno Valley, California, has filed to conduct a vote on whether to join the ALU, but the National Labor Relations Board has yet to establish whether 30 percent of the unit’s 800 employees signed cards indicating interest in the election.