Labor activists, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, expressed joy when workers t the Amazon warehouse on Staten Island voted decisively to form the first U.S. union in the retailer’s history.
Based on the official tally made by the National Labor Relations Board office in downtown Brooklyn, the voting was 2,654 to 2,131.
Labor experts consider voting a potential watershed moment for the American labor movement, which has weakened in recent decades.
Adams, for his part, congratulated the Amazon workers for forming a union.
“Union power!” Adams tweeted.
Meanwhile, Amazon, in a statement, expressed sadness about the formation of a new union.
“We’re evaluating our options, including filing objections,” Amazon said.