Amazon workers file for union certification

The 250 workers are employed at the fulfillment centres in Acheson and Nisku, both in the Edmonton area.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their most recent New Applications Report. In the report are two new application for union certification in Alberta.

The applications were both filed on 19 May 2023 by Local 362 of the General Teamsters.

This union is applying on behalf of all workers (except process assistants, trainers, office, and clerical personnel) employed at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre in Acheson, which is just west of Edmonton, and Nisku, which is south of Edmonton.

This isn’t the first time the union has tried to organize Amazon workers.

In the autumn of 2021, they failed to reach the required threshold of signed cards for workers at the Amazon site in Nisku—also near Edmonton—which they blame on a discrepancy regarding the number of workers employed at that site.

Last spring, they launched a campaign to try organizing the Nisku workers again, but it still hasn’t resulted in unionization yet.

According to the application, if the union certification is approved, it would apply to roughly 125 workers at the Acheson location, as well as 125 workers in Nisku.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for these application for 5 June 2023.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports, here’s a copy of the most recent one.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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