Why Amazon’s First U.S. Union Faces Tough Road Ahead

When more than 2,600 workers at a Staten Island warehouse called JFK8 voted to join Amazon’s first U.S. union in April, it was a historic moment. But it was only the first step in a long uphill climb toward a contract. A week after the union victory, Amazon filed 25 objections with the National Labor Relations Board, and five weeks of hearings concluded this week. All this amidst a recent flurry of organizing that’s swept other major U.S. companies, too, with first-ever unions forming at Starbucks, Apple, Google, Microsoft, REI and Trader Joe’s. CNBC sat down with Amazon Labor Union co-founders Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer to learn about their battle and find out what happens next if the union win is upheld.

00:00 -- Intro
2:11 -- Why the win happened now
9:39 -- The uphill battle ahead
13:22 -- Grassroots efforts gain traction
16:18 -- Big economic impact

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Why Amazon’s First U.S. Union Faces Tough Road Ahead
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