The Teamster union is trying to unionize at least 9 Amazon facilities in Canada and says 40 per cent of workers have already signed union cards. This information was released by Reuters after they interviewed union officials. The union took its first step this week by organizing employees at one of the Canadian facilities.
Interviews that took place at the location revealed the union is widening its efforts across the country. Amazon already employs 25,000 workers in Canada and the company plans to hire 15,000 more. With Teamster’s early success unionizing employees in Canada, some believe it may inspire similar results in the U.S. However, the e-commerce company has so far halted any unionization attempts.
To challenge Amazon’s stance in Canada, Edmonton’s Teamsters Local Union 362 started a vote on union representation. They did this at the company fulfillment centre in Nisku, during the evening on Monday. Even though the vote was in Edmonton, interviews with Teamsters units show their efforts reach all the way to southern Ontario.
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