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Labor at odds with Amazon

BAD HERSFELD, Germany — Union activists stood in front of Amazon’s colossal gray distribution center last Thursday with a banner demanding that the US online retailing juggernaut negotiate a union wage contract with its currently nonunion workforce here.

The demonstration was the latest skirmish in an escalating battle between ver.di, one of the largest unions in Germany, and Amazon, which employs 8,000 permanent workers at eight distribution centers in the country, one of the online retailer’s largest markets outside of the United States.

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