The Seattle Times

Union representation bid fails at Amazon warehouse in Delaware
The Seattle Times

A small group of equipment maintenance and repair technicians at Amazon’s Middletown, Del., warehouse rejected union representation Wednesday night by a wide margin.

If it had been approved, it would have been the first bargaining unit for Amazon in the U.S.

The workers voted 21-to-6 against having the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represent them and seek a contract with the online retail giant. The Machinists represent tens of thousands of Boeing employees in Seattle and elsewhere.

“With today’s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon,” company spokeswoman Mary Osako said in a statement. “This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees.”

Last week, some of Amazon’s German workers put together a petition to oppose the unionization efforts of their colleagues.

Parce que la liberté d’association, c’est aussi pouvoir refuser de joindre un syndicat.