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NYPD can't side with Amazon

Posted 3/1/22

The Police Department, perhaps unwittingly, got involved in a labor dispute Feb. 23 when officers were summoned to Amazon's Staten Island facility after the Assistant General Manager there called to report that a former employee was on the premises illegally.

When a dozen cops swooped in, it should have been clear this wasn't exactly a major bust. The ex-employee was Chris Smalls, the leader of the Amazon Labor Union, which is in the midst of organizing workers there for an election to be held March 25-30. He was there—as he said in an interview he had been regularly over the past 10 months—bringing lunch to workers in their break room.

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