In this article People are holding a banner in the premises of Amazon as members of a congressional delegation arrive to show their support for workers who will vote on whether to unionize, in Bessemer, Alabama, US, March 5, 2021.Dustin Chambers | Reuters
Amazon warehouse workers Alberta, Canada, have filed for a union election, a major union said Tuesday, marking the latest escalation in tensions between the retail giant and its workers.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, through a local union, filed a vote on union representation with the Alberta Labor Relations Board on Monday evening at an Amazon warehouse in known Nisku, Alta. under the name YEG1. The employment agency must first approve the election, after which all YEG1 workers employed on September 13 will be able to vote to join the local.362 of the Teamsters. A spokesperson for Teamsters Canada said the warehouse employs between 600 and 800 workers. .
"Amazon will not change without a union " said François Laporte, National President of Teamsters Canada, in a statement. "Whether on job security, pace of work, discrimination, favoritism or wages, the company has proven to be deeply anti-worker.
Dave Bauer, communications manager for Amazon 's Canada operations team, told CNBC in a statement that the company respects the right of workers to join or not join a union, but it doesn 't do it. I don't think unions are the "best answer for our employees.
"Every day we empower people to find ways to improve their jobs, and when 'They are doing it, we want to make these changes - quickly, "said Bauer. "This type ofcontinuous improvement is more difficult to do quickly and with agility with unions in the middle.
"The benefits of direct relationships between managers and employees cannot be overstated - these relationships empower every employee "the voice to be heard, not just the voice of the privileged few," Bauer added.
The union campaign represents the latest attempt to organize Amazon workers, a "much sought after goal among unions in the United States and abroad for many years.
In April, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama voted overwhelmingly against unionization, with less than 30% of votes in favor of joining the union of retailers, wholesalers and department stores.cat a "contested the results of the election , claiming that Amazon illegally interfered in th The process, and the National Labor Relations Board should "make a final decision in the coming weeks.
Even after the defeat in Alabama, unions continued their efforts to organize workers in Amazon. The Teamsters in "June approved a resolution to fund and provide resources to Amazon workers wishing to unionize.
Teamsters Local 362 says YEG1 workers have raised concerns about discrimination and wages. Amazon recently increased hourly wages between $ 17 and $ 21.65, workersclaim that the pay rise coincided with the removal of a monthly performance bonus, which means many Amazon workers doubt the new hike will happen. translate into more money on their paychecks, "the group said.