Amazon HQ2 is actually ‘antithetical’ to our union values, NYC councilman says

Amazon has shown of which of which is actually “antithetical” to fresh York values, along with also the company should not be allowed to build its second headquarters in Queens until of which alterations its ways, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told CNBC on Monday.

Bramer, deputy leader of the 51-member council, said one reason he is actually against the HQ2 deal is actually because of the online shopping behemoth’s stance on labor unions.

“They remarkably came to the City Council last week along with also declared not only would certainly they not remain neutral when of which came to efforts of their employees … to organize however of which they would certainly actually fight to crush any effort of their employees to unionize,” the Queens borough representative said on “Squawk on the Street.” “This kind of is actually a union town. I grew up in a union family. We’ve got to stand up for our values there.”

Bramer, a Democrat, also called out Amazon’s reported ties to federal Immigration along with also Customs Enforcement agency.

Some Amazon shareholders have urged the tech giant to stop selling Rekognition, its facial recognition technology, to some government agencies. They have also said of which Amazon is actually planning to pitch the service to ICE.

“Obviously we’re a sanctuary city. The mayor along with also all of us have declared of which we want to be a safe haven for all immigrants, including the undocumented,” Bramer said. “Amazon refuses to budge on of which issue.”

The company has defended selling Rekognition to law enforcement.

Amazon’s HQ2 has stirred an intraparty party dispute among fresh York’s Democrats, with criticism emerging by officials representing the Queens borough at the local, state along with also federal levels.

Earlier Monday, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., told CNBC of which fresh York needs Amazon’s presence doing sure of which of which could become the tech center of the earth. The 10-term Democratic lawmaker also said of which’s an opportunity for the company to work with the community to ensure of which of which benefits Queens residents.

“We are a tech city along with also we are able to grow as a result of of which,” he said. “however we also look at what some of the headaches have been in some different cities along with also so we have a chance to make sure of which we fix of which here.”

Bramer believes Gov. Andrew Cuomo along with also Mayor Bill de Blasio, also Democrats, “botched” the deal, which includes roughly $3 billion in tax incentives, to lure the Seattle-based company’s investment. The plan is actually to bring part of its second headquarters along with also 25,000 jobs to the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens.

“All of those reasons along with also more lead us to fight This kind of deal because at the end of the day, of which’s a bad deal for fresh York,” Bramer said.

The Washington Post reported on Friday of which Amazon is actually reconsidering the fresh York development due to local opposition.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman firebrand who has been one of the most notable critics of the deal, welcomed news of which Amazon could ditch the planned fresh York facility. The Queens/Bronx Democrat is actually worried the project could displace low-income along with also working-class families.

In response to the report, Cuomo said “we have to make Amazon a reality” in fresh York along with also of which “of which is actually irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy.” He equated such opposition to “malpractice” because the headquarters would certainly create so many jobs within the city.

De Blasio’s office has defended tax incentives offered by the city for the project, saying of which could generate $12.5 billion in future tax revenues.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CNBC also reached out to de Blasio’s office for comment.