With their labor unions engaged in strikes elsewhere, delivery drivers for Amazon have withdrawn their request for a union vote at the company’s major distribution centers in the New York area.
As previously reported by Fox News Latino, the Service Employees International Union last month filed a vote with the National Labor Relations Board that sought to unionize dozens of people at Amazon distribution centers in Staten Island, N.Y., and in Long Island.
But the labor organization suffered a defeat last week when 38 workers at the two Staten Island locations suddenly dropped their request for the union vote.
“Everyone who chose to be represented felt it was in the best interest of the workers to withdraw from the application,” the SEIU told the Staten Island Advance.
In response, the SEIU launched a new website to recruit workers to unionize, stating: “Our package service is booming, but our people are among the most vulnerable in our nation’s economy.”
The employee board of the SEIU had cited a wide range of concerns with their workplace, particularly the poor wages and opportunities for advancement that the organization alleged workers were denied.
The SEIU also said that on multiple occasions drivers had been told to bring mail for Amazon packages from outside Staten Island to Brooklyn.
However, a union-made viral video that allegedly shows the company’s “unfair policies” that “perpetuate child labor laws” only angered the company, which told Fox News Latino they were happy to see their drivers taking on a new challenge.
“We are pleased to see our drivers taking a leadership role in the local community,” said Ty Phillips, an Amazon spokesman. “We are fully supportive of our delivery associates and their efforts to work as an effective team within our policies.”
For their part, the e-commerce giant said the reason for the 70 percent dip in workers in the past two weeks was likely due to bad weather and holidays.
Fox News Latino contacted the SEIU for comment, but had not heard back as of publication time.