A federal labour board hearing officer rejected Amazon's bid to overturn a landmark union win in a Staten Island, New York, warehouse, handing victory to activists in a protracted recognition struggle
Amazon Labor Union's triumph Thursday comes after weeks of intensive campaigning from both side. Chris Smalls, a dismissed Amazon worker who now leads the union, tweeted in celebration.
Shortly after the spring vote, Amazon filed more than two dozen complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, saying organisers and the agency's Brooklyn office polluted it.
The 24-day session, which Amazon tried to seal to the public was characterised by acrimonious debates between lawyers over what documents might be presented as evidence and which witnesses may testify
The NLRB officer who handled Amazon's case determined Thursday that the company's objections should be disregarded and the union recognised as a warehouse bargaining representative.
"Employer has not shown that Region 29, the Petitioner, or any other parties participated in unacceptable behaviour," a spokeswoman stated, summarising Dunn's recommendation.