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Bloomberg reports that Amazon is facing the possibility that for the first time, employees in one of its warehouses could become unionized.

According to the story, "On Dec. 6, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), a trade union of the AFL-CIO, filed a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of 30 equipment maintenance and repair technicians working at the year-old Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown, Del. The fact that the petition was filed suggests, according to the union, that it has interest from at least a majority of those 30 workers, who are seeking to vote on whether to hold elections to establish a union."

Bloomberg notes that "Amazon has successfully fought such efforts in the U.S. for years. In 2000, workers at a customer service call center in Seattle lobbied to form a union and met with stiff resistance from the company. Amazon ultimately closed the facility during a broader retrenchment during the dot-com bust. In cases over the years where labor organizers passed out union literature outside Amazon facilities and tried to foment union activity, Amazon managers have reacted swiftly, meeting with workers and explaining the company’s strong opposition to organized labor."
KC's View:
Now, it isn't like this will be an enormous deal for Amazon. There are more than 1500 employees at the facility, but only the 30 technicians will vote, and if they decide to unionize, it won't affect the other 1,470 employees.

But it would be a small crack in the facade.