Unifor has filed two applications with the B.C. Labour Relations Board to represent Amazon.com Inc. workers in New Westminster and Delta, B.C.

“Workers at Amazon are seeking job security, health and safety and fair wages,” said Lana Payne, the union’s national president, in a press release.

The union first announced a drive for Amazon workers in Metro Vancouver last July and says workers began signing cards in October. When the union drive was announced, Payne said Amazon workers put themselves at risk during the coronavirus pandemic and joining a union would help them push their employer to improve working conditions. The drive is part of a wider movement that has been facing an uphill battle.

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Two years ago, Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize, a historic moment for a brand-new Amazon Labor Union. But today, that warehouse remains the only U.S. site that has voted to unionize. It also still doesn’t have a contract, as the retail giant is resisting efforts to bargain.

“We call on Amazon to respect the wishes of workers and avoid using the legal tricks and games it has played in the past to block unionization,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s western regional director, in the release.

Unifor said the labour relations board will determine whether a vote is needed to certify the applications. Under B.C. law, if the signed cards represent more than 55 per cent of the eligible workforce at a facility, union certification is granted and the union and employer can begin bargaining a collective agreement.  If the cards represent at least 45 per cent of the eligible workforce, a vote may be called instead.

A spokesperson for Amazon said the company looks forward to working with employees to “continue making Amazon a great place to work.”

“The fact is, Amazon already offers what many unions are requesting: safe and inclusive workplaces, competitive pay, health benefits on day one and opportunities for career growth,” said Barbara Agrait, Amazon’s spokesperson, in an email.

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