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Unifor targets Amazon workers in Vancouver in unionization bid

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June 22, 2023
By Talent Canada

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Unifor is attempting to unionize Amazon workers in the Vancouver area.

“Joining a union will ensure that workers at Amazon can flex their united strength and push this notoriously difficult employer to improve working conditions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They took risks during COVID-19 to ensure millions of us could stay home and get key deliveries on time. It’s time they get the chance to benefit from a solid, enforceable collective agreement.”

U.S. activist and Amazon Labor Union (ALU) president Chris Smalls joined Unifor organizers at the launch event near “YVR3”, the fulfillment centre near Braid Skytrain Station in New Westminster. He emphasized the need to foster community and build meaningful connections between workers.

“The union shows the power of the people, bringing them together, helping them with their real concerns at work,” Smalls said. “Amazon can never do that. They’re in the business of exploiting workers for profit.”


Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle was present at the launch to support the organizing team.

“It’s time to turn things around in the warehouse industry, workers can do it together. The ALU already showed us what is possible at Amazon. It doesn’t matter how big your company is: workers everywhere deserve the benefits and protections of a union,” said McGarrigle.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers across the nation.

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