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Amazon’s New Jersey warehouse becomes next to get union vote

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Another Amazon warehouse, this time in New Jersey, has qualified to hold a vote on whether to unionize – just weeks after Amazon’s first US facility successfully voted to unionize.

The National Labor Relations Board confirmed on Monday that a union organizing workers at the DNK5 plant in Bayonne, NJ, had submitted enough signatures to hold an election. The date of the vote has not yet been set.

A filing shows 200 employees should be eligible to vote at the small delivery facility. The workers are being organized by Local 713 of the International Brotherhood of Trade Unions, the union’s first successful campaign for a vote at an Amazon warehouse.

Labor experts had predicted that a successful vote to unionize could trigger cascading efforts at the United States’ second largest private employer, and labor organizers say they are seeing increased interest and awareness from workers . An upstart and independent union called the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) made history this month when thousands of workers at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island voted to join its union.

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The ALU was led by current and former Amazon workers, including laid-off worker Chris Smalls, who became the face of the movement. The fledgling union is currently working on its second union vote, at a smaller Staten Island warehouse. Workers there will start voting to join the union next week.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the New Jersey vote. The company has opposed unionization in its warehouses, saying in the past that it doesn’t believe forming a union is the “best answer” for employees. He filed 25 objections to the Staten Island election with federal regulators.

Last year, workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted to reject national retail, wholesale and department store union membership by a wide margin in the first such U.S. election. But federal regulators found Amazon had improperly interfered in the election and called for a new vote. This new election took place this year and the results remain too close to be announced.

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