Amazon warehouse workers have new chance to form union next month
The nation’s largest warehouse employer is giving workers a new chance to form a union.
After a four-year effort, the Teamsters Local 251 filed a petition Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board to represent the workers at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in South Jordan, Utah. The center employs roughly 1,200 people.
The current workforce is not equipped to handle the demands of the massive warehouse operation, which is growing by the day.
The company said it is ready to bargain with the union and that the workers will have the right to vote on whether to unionize.
The Fulfillment Center is the first Amazon warehouse to seek union representation.
Amazon workers in other cities have had their efforts to unionize thwarted by management, according to union supporters.
Last year, the New York-based union successfully petitioned to represent Amazon employees in New York, but the company has since fired dozens of workers for union activity.