A large white tent is up once again on Staten Island

This time it’s in front of a smaller Amazon warehouse - known as LDJ5.

It’s where hundreds of workers will vote this week on whether they want to join a union.

What You Need To Know

  • Earlier this month, the Amazon Labor Union organized the first successful unionization effort at an Amazon warehouse in the United States

  • They are trying again now at another warehouse on Staten Island

  • Voting at that warehouse started on Monday

  • The vote comes as Amazon challenges the results for the election held in March at a separate facility

“It went smoothly,” said Amazon worker Manny Barreto. “I was one of the first ones. I went in at seven in the morning.”

Barreto voted yes. He has worked at the building for about a year and a half.

“I just think it’s almost criminal what they pay us,” said Barreto. “People get paid so much more doing less. Even at Target at places like that. We bust our hump from beginning to end here and 18 and change in New York, you can’t survive on that.”

It’s unclear how many people cast ballots on Monday. Members of the media were not allowed to watch the vote close up.

Last month, hundreds of employees lined up to cast ballots at a larger warehouse across the street, known as JFK8. That election gave the Amazon Labor Union its first victory.

It’s unclear if the union can repeat that win.

“We still have a challenge to face,” Amazon Labor Union president Chris Smalls told NY1 outside of the warehouse on Monday. “The challenge is they know that they lost. The company is upset about it so they’re obviously going to ramp up union busting in this building. Because this building is smaller, it’s easier for them to isolate workers and intimidate them.”

Already Amazon officials are challenging the results of the JFK8 election. In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board the company claimed the board interfered and mismanaged the election, while the union had coercive and misleading behavior. They’re trying to get the results tossed out.

The fight has drawn national attention, including a big visit to the warehouse Sunday from political powerhouses Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and local Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trying to drum up support for union.

The warehouse voting now has about 1500 employees and not all of them are signing up.

“We don’t need a union,” said worker Jailin Gibson. “We’re perfectly fine. The benefits we have is great. I don’t see a reason to have a union. So I voted no.”

In response to the voting this week, Amazon sent NY1 this statement:

“As a company, we don’t think unions are the best answer for our employees. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to continue making Amazon a great place to work.”

Voting will continue this week and the ballots will start to get counted next week.