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For Unionized Amazon Workers, Lessons From Italy May Hold Key to Success
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For Unionized Amazon Workers, Lessons From Italy May Hold Key to Success

David Madland outlines several lessons learned from the historic nationwide contracts that Amazon workers in Italy signed in 2021 and suggests a path forward for unionized workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse, who must now try to sign a collective bargaining agreement.

When workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, won their April 2022 union election, they also scored a major victory for the broader labor movement. Winning a union election is unnecessarily difficult, and this first union election win for U.S. Amazon workers could be a catalyst for others trying to form unions across the country.

To secure improvements in working conditions, the warehouse workers will now try to sign a collective bargaining agreement with Amazon — something that employer opposition and weak U.S. labor law make very hard to accomplish.

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Author

David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project

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