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The Wall Street Journal: Union election at Amazon facility in upstate New York set for October

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facility in upstate New York has been scheduled for October, setting up another company showdown with activist workers trying to build on a watershed union victory earlier this year.

The vote at the facility near Albany is to be held in person between Oct. 12 and 17, according to the company. A group of workers affiliated with the Amazon Labor Union filed for the election in August, after what has been an up-and-down year for ALU organizers following a successful union bid in April at a company facility in Staten Island, a borough of New York City.

The National Labor Relations Board recently said organizers had proved they had enough support to request an election, but the dates and terms of the vote hadn’t been determined.

A spokesman for Amazon said the company has remained skeptical that there is sufficient worker support to warrant an election, but that the company has “always said that we want our employees to have their voices heard, and we hope and expect this process allows for that.”

The union didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Albany organizers have said they want to “send a loud message” to Amazon about exercising their rights to organize for improved working conditions.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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