By Sebastian Herrera and Jennifer Calfas
An Amazon.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -2.12% employee group formed by warehouse workers in New York’s Staten Island announced its goal to vote on unionization, becoming the latest labor-organizing effort from workers at one of the nation’s largest employers.
The independent group of Amazon employees, called the Amazon Labor Union, plans to file with the National Labor Relations Board on Oct. 25 for an election. The organizing involves more than 2,000 workers across four Amazon facilities in Staten Island who have signed on to the effort, according to a statement from the group.
Chris Smalls, a former Amazon employee who was fired from the company last year, is leading the group.
“Workers are demanding Amazon to stop their union-busting practices and allow workers to use their rights to organize towards collective bargaining without interference,” the Amazon Labor Union said in a statement. The group hopes to achieve higher wages, create safer working conditions and increase paid time off, breaks and medical-leave options, among other goals.
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