NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Workers at an Amazon.com Inc
warehouse near Albany, New York, are seeking to
unionize, the National Labor Relations Board said in a statement
The Amazon Labor Union - the same independent group that
organized a historic union win at another warehouse on New
York's Staten Island in April - petitioned the federal labor
board to hold an election at the warehouse near Albany and
represent about 400 workers.
Employees at dozens of Amazon warehouses across the United
States are considering joining unions as the online retailer
faces claims that it prioritizes profit over worker safety and
has unlawfully discouraged union organizing.
Asked for comment on the Albany area warehouse, Amazon
spokesperson Paul Flanagan said: Our employees have the choice
of whether or not to join a union. They always have. As a
company, we dont think unions are the best answer for our
employees. Our focus remains on working directly with our team
to continue making Amazon a great place to work.
The warehouse near Albany is one of several Amazon
warehouses where workers have filed a petition to unionize
within the past year.
The Amazon Labor Union organized elections at two Staten
Island warehouses. One voted to unionize and the other did not.
A union petition at a small New Jersey warehouse was
(Reporting by Hilary Russ and Doyinsola Oladipo in New York
Editing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis)