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N.J. Amazon Warehouse Becomes Latest Location to Petition for a Union Vote

Workers at an Amazon facility in Bayonne, N.J. have filed with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a unionization vote. The warehouse associates are seeking to organize as part of Local 713 International Brotherhood of Trade Unions, and at least 60 of the facility’s 200 employees have submitted cards, according to Reuters.

Neither an election date nor terms have yet been set. The union would include both part-time and full-time warehouse employees but would exclude other personnel, including drivers and seasonal employees.

The facility could follow in the footsteps of the JKF8 warehouse on Staten Island, which voted to unionize in March 2022. Another union vote at an Alabama Amazon facility is expected to fail but was close enough to require a recount.

The number of union election petitions increased 57% in the first half of FY2021, reaching 1,174 from 748 during the first half of FY2021, according to data from the NLRB. Retailers are among the industries experiencing this unionization surge, including multiple Starbucks stores and workers at Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan beginning to collect signatures.

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