It is now clear when Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama will vote in a second mandatory union election. as MotherboardLauren Kaori Gurley Notes, the National Labor Relations Board sent notice that employees at the BHM1 Implementation Center can begin secret mail voting on February 4, with vote counting beginning March 28. Anyone employed in the Company from the first week of January 2022 onwards is eligible to consider joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Consortium.
The NLRB ordered the new vote after determining that Amazon interfered in its first union election in early 2021. The RWDSU filed 23 objections after voting 1,798 to 738 “no,” accusing Amazon of installing an unapproved mailbox to intimidate employees as well as delivering anti-union items such as badges and tags. After investigation, the NLRB found that Amazon had a “blatant disregard” for the mail-in voting process that made a fair election “impossible”.
RWDSU was not entirely satisfied with the notice. In a statement, the organization claimed that the NLRB’s decision “failed to adequately prevent” Amazon from misrepresenting the vote. Meanwhile, Amazon reiterated its November suspension in response to Engadget’s inquiries. She asserted that warehouse workers voted “overwhelmingly” against joining the union, finding it “disappointing” that the NLRB rejected the election.
As before, the stakes are high. A pro-union vote would give warehouse workers collective bargaining rights they could use to improve wages and working conditions — both of which are frequent points of contention. Whatever the outcome, it’s safe to assume that the election will attract renewed scrutiny from politicians and stars who see it as a turning point for employment in the online shopping giant.
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