Amazon workers in NYC want to unionize (update)

|By:, SA News Editor

Workers at Amazon's (AMZN +2.6%) new Staten Island fulfillment center announce plans to unionize through a partnership with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

The employees want to address a variety of issues including safety, insufficient breaks, and unreasonable quotas.

An Amazon training video recently leaked that encourages fulfillment managers to look for signs of union organizing activities and to express strong personal disagreement with unions to those workers.

Amazon recently selected Queens, New York as one of its HQ2 locations. The tech giant will invest $2.5B in the campus over 15 years and receive over $2B in tax breaks.

Update with Amazon's statement to Seeking Alpha: “Amazon associates are the heart and soul of our operations, and we respect employees’ right to choose to join or not join a labor union. Amazon maintains an open-door policy that encourages employees to bring their comments, questions, and concerns directly to their management team for discussion and resolution. We firmly believe this direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the needs of our workforce.”

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