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Amazon’s first potential union eyes other workers, facilities

If the small group of Amazon workers in Delaware vote Wednesday to join a machinists' unionthe first union shop in Amazon's vast warehouse networkthe labor organization could spread to similar facilities across the country, a union representative told CNBC.

"A strategic plan would come together and we would start looking at other locations or within the location on how to go forward," said John Carr, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, during a "Squawk on the Street" interview Wednesday.

The 30 Amazon mechanics voting Wednesday on whether to join the machinists' union represent a small fraction of the workers at their Middletown, Del., facility. Carr said hundreds more work in "the picking and the packing" of Amazon deliveries.

Carr would not say whether he had enough votes to officially organize the Amazon mechanics. As of December 2012, Amazon employed 88,400 full- and part-time employees.

(Read more: In a first, Amazon warehouse workers to vote Wednesday on labor union representation)

An employee loads boxes onto a conveyer belt for shipping at the company's distribution center in Phoenix.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images

"That remains to be seen," Carr told CNBC. "It's an uphill battle for the workers in the workplaces across this country and Amazon has made no bones about … their anti-union stance and what they're willing to do to stave off unions in their workplaces."

The IAMAW needs a simple majority from the 30 workers to establish the union.

In response, Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said her company had an open-door policy and offered highly competitive wages, benefits and tuition reimbursements.


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