‘Amazon won’t change without a union’: Canadian warehouse files for union vote

Sept 14 (Reuters) – Workers at an Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) facility in the Canadian province of Alberta have filed a request with the provincial labor board to carry out a union vote, a major labor union said on Tuesday, in a new challenge to the e-commerce giant that has expanded rapidly without the formation of workers’ unions.

Teamsters Local Union 362 filed for a vote on union representation at an Amazon fulfillment center in Nisku, Alberta, late on Monday, according to a news release from Teamsters Canada.

Despite recent moves, unionization efforts among Amazon workers in the United States have failed. But experts say Canada is generally seen as more pro-union than the United States, particularly in light of several major COVID-19 outbreaks at Amazon facilities during the pandemic, including several outside of Toronto that resulted in public health officials shutting down warehouses.

The Alberta Labor Relations Board must verify the application before all Amazon employees at the facility employed as of Monday will be able to vote on whether to form a union, the union statement said.

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Source: Reuters