Notes on the Amazon Labor Union’s Birth

Micah Sifry
7 min readApr 9, 2022

A week after workers at its giant Staten Island warehouse voted to unionize, I went for a closer look.

Amazon Labor Union organizers press conference, April 8, 2021 (Photo by Micah L. Sifry, all rights reserved)

Late Friday afternoon, I got in my car and drove from my home in lower Westchester County to Staten Island, to attend a press conference by the Amazon Labor Union outside the JFK8 warehouse where they got their start. It took 90 minutes to make it down the West Side Highway to the George…