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Amazon.com workers in Delaware to hold union election

Christmas cheer!

On Dec. 6, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. The union, which also represents tens of thousands of Boeing employees, needed support from at least 30 percent of the 30 workers that it is hoping to represent in contract negotiations with Amazon.

But then there's this:

Last year Amazon spent $775 million to acquire Kiva Systems, which makes robots that help automate picking items from vast warehouses.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/labor_and_unions/Amazoncom_workers...

Hope they blow up, just like the NSA's transformers keep going in Utah.

NOTE Is Amazon going to close the loop and have consuming robots too? Why not?

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Cujo359's picture
Submitted by Cujo359 on

That acquisition was a logical development anyway. The work most employees do at the warehouses is pretty simple, at least for humans. It involves a form of pattern recognition that machines aren't good at yet. I suspect that's going to change in the next decade or so, however.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

all in the wording of what kind of employee you are in Germany.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/16/amazon-workers-germany...

This the second time workers have stopped work, the first time the amazon contract employer was use Nazis symbols to scare the workers. The German Govt. stepped in that time.

Hope the union wins but then amazon will just move the building it's what corp. does.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

Yes, unless Amazon owns the buildings, there's little to stop them. They don't have much invested in either the employees or the locations.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

The 2 amazon centers near me are owned by pro-logic a large warehouse owner in my area of Calli. I doubt amazon owns any buildings other than headquarters and even then it might be a build to site deal.

Submitted by lambert on

They've outsourced as much as possible, even the buildings. Ugh.