, Inc. (AMZN) workers have voted against unionizing

Posted Jan 16, 2014, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) workers at a distribution center in Delaware have voted against unionization. A group of up to 30 people at the warehouse were in charge of the vote. Around 27 of the 30 workers voted and 21 of them voted against unionization. The union would have been associated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

?With today?s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon,? stated Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako. ?This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees. Amazon?s culture and business model are based on rapid innovation, flexibility and open lines of direct communication between managers and associates. In addition to competitive wages with comprehensive benefits, bonuses, 401(k) with 50% match, innovative programs like Career Choice and stock awards, we provide a network of support to ensure our employees succeed.?

The voting employees were a small group that represented 1,500 employees at the facility. Most of them were not concerned about the wages that they were paid. However, they wanted help negotiating workplace issues like vacation, promotions, and seniority rules. They also wanted the creation of a safety committee.

[Source: Recode]