NJ Amazon staff to vote on becoming a member of union with alleged previous mob hyperlinks

A labor group that has beforehand confronted accusations of mob ties has filed for a union election at an Amazon facility in northern New Jersey.

Native 713 of the Worldwide Brotherhood of Commerce Unions despatched a letter requesting a union election at an Amazon provide station in Bayonne on Friday, Nationwide Labor Relations Board data current — merely weeks after a close-by New York warehouse grew to become the primary within the nation to unionize. 

The proposed Bayonne union would cowl 200 employees at a hit center on the Newark Bay that opened in 2020. NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado suggested The Submit on Monday that as a minimum 30% of the eligible staff had signed union enjoying playing cards and that the corporate is now working to schedule a union election.

The IBOTU simply isn’t affiliated with the Amazon Labor Union, an upstart group led by present and former Amazon staff that earlier this month gained the becoming to characterize 8,300 employees at a Staten Island warehouse merely minutes away from Bayonne. 

Instead, the Prolonged Island-based group in quest of to unionize the Bayonne facility describes itself as a labor union representing employees “all through industries just like warehousing, grocery retailer, developing suppliers, bus driving, and manufacturing.” 

IBOTU has moreover been dogged by allegations of shady practices before now. In 2012, federal prosecutors accused the group’s former secretary treasurer, Robert Scalza, of being an affiliate of the Genovese crime family. 

The Worldwide Brotherhood of Commerce Unions has filed for a union election at an Amazon facility in Bayonne, NJ.
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Whereas Scalza was working for IBOTU, US Attorneys claimed in court docket docket docs that he had a Genovese capo threatened a rival commerce union that was making an attempt to unionize a Prolonged Island chocolate manufacturing unit, the New York Every day Information reported.

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Scalza pleaded accountable to extortion conspiracy prices in 2014, in response to the paper. He was reportedly sentenced to six months residence arrest and required to give up any union job for as a minimum three years.

He appears to have returned to the union by 2019, incomes a whopping $341,000 as a “key employee” that 12 months, in response to the group’s tax varieties.

Speaking to The Submit on Monday, IBOTU lawyer Steven Kern talked about Scalza was not with the union.

“I be mindful the title, I do know I’ve to’ve completed one factor with him before now, 20 years or so prior to now” Kern talked about of Scalza. “So he did one factor mistaken and he pled accountable and was convicted or irrespective of and he’s not with the union.” 

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The Bayonne, New Jersey effort simply isn’t affiliated with the Amazon Labor Union, which recently gained a union election at a warehouse in Staten Island.

Scalza isn’t the one former union authorities who’s been accused of corruption.

In 2003, IBOTU’s then-president Peter Hasho was indicted for allegedly participating in a job in a plot to steal $350,000 from a union welfare fund in Jersey Metropolis by a no-show job, the Related Press reported. However, a jury later cleared Hasho throughout the case, court docket docket papers current.

Sooner than he labored as a result of the union’s president, Hasho was moreover arrested and arraigned in 1975 in a separate alleged union bribery scheme, the New York Instances reported, although the outcome from that case is unclear from accessible court docket docket archives.

In step with tax filings, Hasho recently served as a result of the union’s “Pres Emeritus” and took dwelling compensation worth better than $1 million in 2018 and $810,000 in 2019 sooner than he died in September 2021. 

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By comparability, the president of the Nationwide Coaching Affiliation — a very powerful union within the USA — took dwelling decrease than $400,000 in 2018. 

Requested whether or not or not ex-union officers’ knowledge could scare off would-be Amazon union members, Kern talked about, “I can’t converse to explicit accusations. I’m not even accustomed to them.” 

Amazon spokesperson Paul Flaningan declined to comment. 

The Bayonne union submitting comes merely days sooner than employees at a second Staten Island Amazon warehouse are set to find out whether or not or to not hitch the Amazon Labor Union. 

The proposed Bayonne union would cowl 200 staff that help ship Amazon packages.
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Requested if the Amazon Labor Union could be succesful to increased characterize the Bayonne facility, Kern talked about, “Anybody which will grow to be the bargaining marketing consultant at an Amazon location should so.” 

“We don’t actually really feel unhealthy about it,” he added. “We’re doing what we’ll do. We didn’t take one thing away from anybody.” 

The Amazon Labor Union didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

Data of the Bayonne union submitting was earlier reported by journalist Jonah Furman.