In late 2018, Amazon sought to develop an HQ2 office complex in Long Island City, Queens, following a national competition but withdrew following intense opposition from labor and tenant groups.

An internal dispute over leadership of the locally founded Amazon Labor Union looms over the effort to reach a first contract with the anti-union corporation.
It started with the inauguration of Mayor Eric Adams and a tragic fire in The Bronx and saw historic labor actions and a blistering election along the way.
A National Labor Relations Board hearing officer recommended certifying Amazon Labor Union — but Staten Island workers’ fight for a contract is far from over.
New Yorkers are 10 times likelier than the average U.S. worker to have recently joined a private-sector labor union, a pre-Labor Day analysis finds.
Out of nearly 1,000 ballots cast at the LDJ5 warehouse, just 380 supported joining the Amazon Labor Union, which made history last month with a scrappy campaign that defeated the e-commerce giant at a neighboring warehouse.
Organizers with the Amazon Labor Union are optimistic, but say they’ve encountered new challenges — and wild rumors — in their drive to organize LDJ5 on Staten Island.
A bill introduced Monday by Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes (D-Brooklyn) is looking to limit pollution from truck and van exhaust associated with local deliveries from online retailers like Amazon.
The retail giant is challenging NLRB certification, and a second vote at a nearby warehouse looms ahead. That’s all before anyone sits down at the bargaining table to discuss a contract.
Up against the online megaretailer, Staten Island Amazon warehouse workers did the unthinkable with just $100,000: beat Jeff Bezos
Members of the new Amazon Labor Union are on course to become the the nation’s first unionized workers at the online retail behemoth, thanks to a grassroots independent organizing campaign.
Workers begin voting Friday at the warehouse in Staten Island where packages from the online retail behemoth get packed for New York City customers, culminating an organizing drive by upstarts from their ranks.
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Warehouses and “last-mile” facilities are popping up with little regulation. A new city plan calls for more use of waterways, bike deliveries and other measures to cut truck traffic. But increased pollution concerns are fueling criticism against a new wave of “environmental racism.”
Saheed Adebayo Aare has received salvation from his hellish commute by way of a new position with the online retailer in the city and a bumpy ride to a more convenient homeless shelter.
Google, Amazon, Facebook and more investing in the city. But challenges remain — including whether remote work will mean many fewer tech workers in the office buildings and whether the sector can diversify.
Saheed Adebayo Aare has had to navigate a lot since arriving from Nigeria and gaining asylum. His 31-mile one-way commute by bus, train and wheelchair is no exception: He travels six hours round-trip for a four-hour shift.
The move came after four members of Congress representing parts of Brooklyn joined the opposition to the massive Sunset Park rezoning plan.
Brooklyn Councilmember Carlos Menchaca opposes the Sunset Park waterfront project. But some elected officials and business leaders are pushing a Council showdown after City Planning OKs the plan.
Many proposals, from Brooklyn rezoning to new plans for Queens Amazon site, are frozen. The city will decide who goes first based on help for pandemic recovery and racial inequality.
Workers call on the retail giant to provide shuttle transportation so they can socially distance. They’re also seeking more service from the MTA.
It was last Valentine’s Day when the online giant deleted its plans for LIC, but both activists and developers know there’s plenty of fish in the sea.