Sumary of Teamsters to hold unionization vote at Amazon warehouse in Alberta:
- A group of warehouse workers in central Alberta could become the first Amazon employees in Canada to hold a unionization vote.
- Teamsters Local Union 362 said Tuesday it has filed for a unionization vote at the Amazon warehouse in Nisku, Alta.
- The Teamsters say it’s the first step in an organizing campaign designed to bring Amazon to the bargaining table.
- The same thing is going on in the United States,” said Teamsters Canada spokesman Christopher Monette.
- ” The news comes one day after Amazon Canada announced it will hire 15,000 new warehouse and distribution workers in communities across the country this fall to support its ongoing Canadian expansion plans.
- Amazon Canada currently has 25,000 full-time and part-time employees in 25 communities across five provinces.
- Amazon also announced it will increase wages for its front-line, hourly employees in Canada to between $17 and $21.65 an hour, up from its current starting wage of around $16. Monette said he believes the wage increases are a response to the union’s ongoing Amazon campaign.
- But he said those wages are still far below the $24.50 to $31.93 per hour that warehouse workers can make at comparable Teamsters-organized companies.