Amazon employees at a newly-opened fulfillment center in the Staten Island neighborhood of New York City are working with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to organize a unionization campaign. To date, Amazon’s workforce in the United States is union-free. Amazon is currently planning to invest $2.5 billion and hire 25,000 workers in New York City over the next 15 years.
Citing the potential “national consequences” of their union bid, students at Grinnell College withdrew their petition to expand a union of dining workers to include all students working for the college. Students at several other schools, including Boston College, Reed College, and Yale, have also withdrew their petitions over the past year in order to prevent the Republican-controlled NLRB from reversing the Obama-era Columbia decision, which gave graduate students the ability to form unions.
United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 41 have begun an organizing campaign at Tesla Inc.’s solar panel factory in Buffalo, N.Y. The campaign seeks to unionize approximately 300 hourly workers at the factory by the end of 2019.