- Amazon was still trying to hammer out a deal with New York officials and union representatives, just the day before the company officially canceled plans for its proposed HQ2 headquarters in NYC, Bloomberg reports.
- Amazon executives, city officials, and union heads reportedly met Wednesday to address “outstanding issues” related to the proposal.
- A labor union president told Bloomberg that those present at the meeting had “all agreed” to the negotiated terms, so he was “amazed” when Amazon canceled the project.
Amazon was trying to salvage plans for its proposed headquarters in New York City right up until a day before the company officially scrapped the project, according to Bloomberg.
A meeting was reportedly held on Wednesday between Amazon executives, city government officials, and representatives of labor unions to discuss “outstanding issues.” One of the union presidents told Bloomberg that “progress was being made,” so it was that much more surprising to him when Amazon announced on Thursday it was canceling its plans to build a HQ2 campus in New York’s Queens borough.
“Unfortunately and surprisingly, Amazon abruptly turned their backs,” Mario Cilento, the president of AFL-CIO’s New York State chapter, told Bloomberg. “An opportunity for thousands of jobs was lost.”
City officials, local residents, and labor union representatives reacted to Thursday’s news in celebration.
“Anything is possible,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
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