Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at Canadian warehouse

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People clasp a banner astatine the Amazon installation arsenic members of a legislature delegation get to amusement their enactment for workers who volition ballot connected whether to unionize, successful Bessemer, Alabama, U.S. March 5, 2021.

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Amazon warehouse workers successful Alberta, Canada, person filed for a national election, a large labour national said Tuesday, marking the retail giant's latest labour fight.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, done a section chapter, precocious Monday filed for a ballot connected national practice with the Alberta Labor Relations Board astatine an Amazon warehouse successful Nisku, Alberta, known arsenic YEG1. The labour bureau indispensable archetypal o.k. the election, astatine which constituent each workers astatine YEG1 employed arsenic of Sept. 13 volition beryllium capable to ballot whether to articulation Teamsters Local Union 362. A spokesperson from Teamsters Canada said the warehouse employs betwixt 600 and 800 workers.

"Amazon won't alteration without a union," said François Laporte, nationalist president of Teamsters Canada, successful a statement. "Be it connected occupation security, gait of work, discrimination, favoritism, oregon wages, the institution has proven itself to beryllium profoundly anti-worker."

Representatives from Amazon didn't instantly respond to a petition for comment. Amazon has antecedently said the institution respects workers' close to articulation oregon not articulation a union.

The national thrust represents the latest effort to signifier Amazon workers, a highly sought aft goal among labour unions successful the U.S. and overseas for galore years.

In April, workers astatine Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted overwhelmingly against unionization, with less than 30% of the votes tallied successful favour of joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The national challenged the results of the election, claiming Amazon illegally interfered successful the process, and the National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue a last determination successful the coming weeks.

Even aft the nonaccomplishment successful Alabama, labour unions person continued efforts to signifier Amazon workers. The Teamsters in June approved a solution to money and proviso resources to Amazon workers hoping to unionize.

Teamsters Local Union 362 says YEG1 workers person raised concerns astir favoritism and wages. Although Amazon precocious bumped up hourly wage to betwixt $17 and $21.65, workers accidental the wage rise coincided with the removal of a monthly show bonus, "meaning that galore Amazon workers are doubtful that the caller rise volition really construe to much wealth connected their paychecks," Teamsters Local Union 362 said.