The Teamsters announced on Monday that a group of Amazon drivers and delivery workers in Southern California have joined the union and negotiated a tentative contract with their employer, which would be a first for the online retailer’s delivery network.
The 84 workers are employed by Battle-Tested Strategies, one of Amazon’s “delivery service partners” that handles last-mile deliveries for Amazon. The Teamsters said the group, which works at Amazon’s DAX8 facility in Palmdale, near Los Angeles, is the first of Amazon’s roughly 3,000 DSPs to form a union and negotiate an agreement.
Battle-Tested Strategies and Amazon did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
The Teamsters said Battle-Tested Strategies agreed to voluntarily recognise the union rather than force an election. The union also said it had negotiated a contract with the company and that workers had asked Amazon to comply with the terms of that agreement.
“We deliver in an Amazon van, wearing an Amazon uniform, but when we petition Amazon, they ignore us.”
– Driver Rajpal Singh
Amazon’s DSP drivers drive around in Amazon-branded vehicles delivering Amazon products to Amazon customers, but technically they don’t work for Amazon – they work for contractors like Battle-Tested Strategies.
In a statement circulated by the union, Rajpal Singh, a DSP driver at DAX8, said he wanted more accountability from Amazon when it comes to working conditions for subcontracted drivers.
“We deliver in an Amazon van, wear an Amazon uniform, but when we petition Amazon, we are ignored,” Singh said. “We have a lot of support, we are a union, and now they have to listen to us.”