NY Amazon workers withdraw petition to unionize
A group of Amazon workers in New York withdrew its petition to hold a vote to unionize.
The board had been expected to hold a hearing to determine the amount of interest in forming a union at the Staten Island distribution center less than two weeks away from the decision to withdraw.
NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado declined to elaborate on the reason for the move.
Former Amazon employee Christian Smalls has led the push for unionization in New York City. Smalls said the company fired him just hours after organizing a walkout last year to protest working conditions at the outset of the pandemic.
Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told NPR in a statement that “our focus remains on listening directly to our employees and continuously improving on their behalf.”