Fantastic news - this is groundbreaking.
But I'm also troubled. This vote was formed basically because of one fired worker. He must really be something.
But this union-to-be in unaffiliated with any larger union. This worries me. I hope the find a union to affiliate with.
There was a time there were many single-employer, unaffiliated independent unions. The problem is that companies learned how to deal with such unions and drive them bankrupt. Unions require a great deal of legal and financial expertise, and normally, costs of arbitration are shared equally between the company and union. The company can simply generate a lot of grievances, and refuse to bargain over them, pushing every one to arbitration, because they have extremely deep pockets, and the workers don't.
So, many years ago, these independent unions all, one by one, found larger unions to affiliate with. I hope these guys do the same.
If they do, they should be able to force Amazon to the table to get a decent contract.