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NYC City Council Attacks Amazon as Anti-Union Ahead of Arrival

  • Lawmakers say they want company to deliver more benefits to NY
  • Union organizers are split on support for new Amazon office
George Miranda, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, center, speaks during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York on Jan. 30, 2019.
George Miranda, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, center, speaks during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York on Jan. 30, 2019.Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg

New York City Council members attacked Amazon.com Inc. executives and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration over the company’s resistance to a unionized workforce, as lawmakers continue to seek ways to force the retailing giant to provide more public benefits before it moves to the city.

At the second of four scheduled meetings on the subject, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told Brian Huseman, Amazon vice president for public policy, that the company isn’t welcome in New York. At the same time, union members from the building trades packed the hearing to support the deal because it will bring construction jobs for them.