NEW YORK (AP) — A hearth broke out late Wednesday at an Amazon facility in upstate New York that’s voting in a union election subsequent week.
The hearth on the warehouse, positioned close to Albany within the city of Schodack, started round 10:50 p.m. and lasted till shortly after midnight, in response to Schodack police . It’s the third hearth at an Amazon warehouse this week.
Amazon described the incident as a small hearth contained to a compactor positioned simply outdoors the doorways of a loading dock.
Responding businesses stopped the fireplace from spreading to the construction of the constructing, Schodack police stated. They stated the fireplace was possible attributable to mechanical failure. Workers had been evacuated and no accidents had been reported.
Fire division officers declared the constructing protected following a preliminary investigation, Amazon stated.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we sent night shift employees home with pay and canceled Thursday’s day shift,” Amazon spokesperson Paul Flaningan stated. The staff whose shifts had been canceled may also be paid, he stated.
In a tweet Thursday, the Amazon Labor Union stated it was glad staff got day without work, however referred to as it “simultaneously infuriating” the corporate suspended staff at one other facility this week for demanding related compensation.
On Tuesday, Amazon suspended dozens of warehouse workers who refused to work following a cardboard compactor hearth at a facility on Staten Island that voted to unionize earlier this yr.
Union organizers stated day-shift staff at that warehouse had been despatched house with pay after Monday’s late-afternoon hearth. Night shift staff didn’t get the identical possibility, although many raised issues the air wouldn’t be protected to breathe due to smoke and fumes ensuing from the blaze.
Flaningan stated on Wednesday that the corporate requested all night time shift workers on the Staten Island warehouse to report back to their shifts after hearth officers licensed the constructing as protected. But dozens refused and held a sit-down protest on the facility’s predominant workplace, demanding to be despatched house with pay.
Separately, one other hearth broke out Monday at a facility in Alabama.