Group of wood tokens in circle Unlike traditional unions, the Amazon Labor Union relied almost entirely on current and former workers rather than professional organizers. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Amazon has long been able to find ways to fend off attempts by workers to unionize – until now.

By a 2,654 to 2,131 vote, employees of an Amazon fulfillment center in New York City voted for the Amazon Labor Union as their certified representative. The effort started in 2020, when employees organized a walk-out in response to a lack of worker protection against COVID-19. Amazon employee Christian Small and a coworker founded the union an effort to secure higher pay, better medical benefits, anti-discrimination policies and more-expansive leave.

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