Tue, 19 Oct 2021

TORONTO, Canada: The Teamsters Union has begun a campaign to organize workers at nine Amazon facilities in Canada.

The Teamsters, among the largest unions in the United States, currently represents 25,000 Canadian workers. There are 15,000 Amazon workers they are also seeking to represent.

The Canadian efforts might be part of a Teamster strategy to win over U.S. Amazon workers, who have so far resisted union representation.

Officials note that Teamsters are reaching out to Amazon workers from the western provinces of Canada to southern Ontario.

The Teamster's Edmonton branch claims to have over 40 percent of potential members having agreed to call a vote on unionization. That is the required number or signatures needed to mandate an election.

Workers at as many as five Amazon locations have agreed to consider representation by the Teamsters.

"Any locals that have an Amazon facility in their area are doing an organizing campaign," said Jim Killey, a representative of Teamsters Local 879 near Ontario, as reported by Reuters.

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