Amazon has confirmed to CNBC that a union election will be held at one of its warehouses in upstate New York next month.
Employees at the warehouse, which is located in the town of Schodack, southeast of Albany, New York, will vote between October 12 and 17, according to Amazon.
Last month, a group of workers at the facility known as ALB1 requested a union vote. They want to be represented by the Amazon Labor Union, a grassroots organization of current and former Amazon employees that successfully unionized one of the company’s Staten Island warehouses, known as JFK8.
In late August, the National Labor Relations Board determined that employees at the Albany warehouse had met the requirements for a union election.
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After collecting signatures of support from at least 30% of workers, unions are eligible to hold an election.
According to Amazon spokesperson Paul Flaningan, the company is still skeptical that there are enough “legitimate signatures” to proceed with an election, but it supports employees’ right “to have their voices heard, and we hope and expect this process allows for that.”
An election will be held at the facility next month, according to NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado and union organizer Heather Goodall.
According to Blado, the election will take place in a tent outside the facility. On October 18, the NLRB will begin counting votes. The Albany election will determine whether the ALU can repeat its Staten Island victory. The ALU suffered an early setback in May when employees at a nearby facility refused to join a union.
In recent months, the ALU has been embroiled in legal battles with Amazon over the JFK8 vote results. Amazon has argued that the results should be overturned, claiming that the union and the NLRB committed misconduct that tainted the election process.
An NLRB official recommended earlier this month that Amazon’s objections be dismissed and the results be upheld. Amazon has until Friday to file an appeal against the recommendations of the officials.