June 24th, 2024

Unifor alleges Amazon ramped up hiring at B.C. warehouse ahead of union vote

By The Canadian Press on May 31, 2024.

Unifor has filed an unfair labour practice complaint against Amazon amid a vote by workers at a Delta, B.C. warehouse over whether they want to join the union. Signage at an Amazon fulfilment centre is pictured in Ottawa on Monday, July 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VANCOUVER – Unifor has filed an unfair labour practice complaint against Amazon amid a vote by workers at a Delta, B.C., warehouse over whether they want to join the union.

The union claims Amazon beefed up its workforce as Unifor was in the midst of a union drive to try and weaken support.

Amazon denies the allegations and has said it plans to appeal the labour board’s decision to call a vote.

The vote by the warehouse workers closes at noon B.C. time, but Unifor’s Western regional director Gavin McGarrigle says the results may be delayed until the challenges regarding voter composition and the unfair labour practice complaint are ironed out.

He says that Unifor is not intimidated by Amazon, and that the union will stand with workers “every step of the way.”

Earlier this month, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Quebec voted to unionize.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2024.

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