Teamsters file to unionize a second Amazon warehouse in Alberta

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

The Teamsters Local Union 987 has filed an application to represent workers at Amazon’s YYC 1 fulfillment centre, located near the Calgary airport.

The Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) will consider the application for certification and will decide at a later date if a vote should be held to determine whether these workers will be represented by the Teamsters Union.

This is the second application for certification among Amazon workers in Alberta. On September 13, 2021, Teamsters Local Union 362 applied to the ALRB for certification at Amazon’s YEG 1 warehouse in Nisku.

The union is waiting for the Board’s decision. That application was the first step in the Canadian Teamsters campaign to unionize workers at this American company.

“People at Amazon tell us that job security, the pace of work, discrimination and favouritism are major issues for them,” explained Teamsters Canada President François Laporte.

“We have the resources and the ability to put a stop to those injustices, and that’s why these workers have opted for the Teamsters.”

The union says that Amazon has held meetings in Calgary to say they knew who had signed union cards.

Complaints filed

Teamsters Local Union 987 has filed one unfair labour practice complaint with the ALRB related to Amazon’s inappropriate use of security guards since the Teamsters began their organizing campaign, and are likely to file another as a result of the employers continuing illegal actions..

The organizing campaign at Amazon was launched at the June 2021 Convention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. This large-scale drive is being carried out jointly by dozens of Teamsters local unions in the United States and Canada.

“Whatever the outcome of the campaign at YYC 1, the Teamsters support Amazon workers,” concludes Teamsters Canada President Laporte. “They’re not alone, and we’re not backing down. We will stand by the workers for as long as it takes.”

Teamsters Canada represents 125,000 workers across Canada across multiple industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.