Can’t get enough action from Amazon’s warehouses? Workers at the company’s headquarter in Seattle last week will hold a vote among unionizeus, the first of a series of votes. Workers at five other warehouses — including one in New Jersey and one in Texas — are also considering forming their own union, according to the website Hostile Takeover, a site that promotes worker activism. An Amazon spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The company doesn’t like unions for several reasons. One is that it doesn’t like competition; organizing a union could undermine its all-things-to-all-people strategy. Another reason it dislikes unions is that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spent years lambasting the one he found in Washington, D.C., as a drag on his company’s profits, according to The Guardian.
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In a statement published on company-sponsored email lists, Amazon said it would “ignore a union bid” and will “support employees at their local communities.” The company said it would organize a “unique way to address the specific issues” — without employees being involved in a company campaign.