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Police at Amazon facility threaten to arrest union leader Christian Smalls

An arrest threat was made against Christian Smalls, a leader in the unionisation effort for Amazon warehouse workers, yesterday as he organised at a bus stop near an Albany, New York, fulfilment centre where workers have recently filed for a union election. Workers at this Schodack, New York, warehouse, ALB1, are attempting to enlist in the Amazon Labor Union. The organisation, whose president is Smalls, assisted in establishing Amazon’s first officially recognised labour union at his former Staten Island warehouse. With his testimony before Congress and meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House, Smalls has become a prominent figure in the labour movement. The bus stop is run by the Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA), a local supplier of public transportation, but Amazon asserts that it is a part of its own private warehouse property.

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