Amazon’s NY union vote count continues, labor leads

Organized labor supporters at an Amazon.com facility on Staten Island in New York were in the lead in a trade union race as U.S. regulators continued to count votes on Friday.

When the vote ended for the day on Thursday, the workers who were in favor of establishing the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) at the polling center called JFK8 retained a 57 percent advantage over those who voted against organization.

The compilation conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to end on Friday.

A victory for organized labor among America’s second largest private employers would be a historic first for retail in the United States and a milestone for labor advocates, who for years have viewed Amazon’s practices as a threat to workers.

Also on Thursday, 53 percent of Amazon workers in the Alabama union rejected it, which is still not final.

The Alabama race could be due to 416 challenged ballots to be judged in the coming weeks, which is enough to change the outcome, the NLRB said. The situation is very different from last year when workers sided with Amazon by more than a 2-to-1 margin against union formation.

(Additional reporting by Danielle Kaye; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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