Amazon workers in New York withdraw petition to unionize

<p><p>NEW YORK – The National Labor Relations Board is confirming that a group of Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, has withdrawn its petition to hold a vote to unionize its workers.</p></p><p><p>The move comes less than two weeks before the labor board was expected to hold a hearing to determine whether there was sufficient interest to form a union at the Amazon distribution center.</p></p><p><p>Union organizers had said in late October that it delivered hundreds of signatures to the agency – a key step in authorizing a vote that could establish the first union at the nation’s largest online retailer.</p></p><p><p>NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado declined to elaborate the reason for the pullback.</p></p><p><p>But she noted the workers can refile a petition.</p></p><p><p>This is the second unionizing attempt in the past year at Amazon.</p></p><p><p>Workers in Alabama resoundingly defeated an effort earlier this year, but organizers there are asking federal officials for a do-over.</p></p><p><p>The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is leading the effort in Alabama.</p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”>Christian Smalls, a former employee of the retail giant who now leads the fledgling Amazon Labor Union at the Staten Island facility, couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.</span></p></p><p><p>Amazon spokesperson Nelly Nantel said in an emailed statement that “our focus remains on listening directly to our employees and continuously improving on their behalf.”</p></p>