Trade Union Evidence Could Overturn Amazon Vote, Labor Board Says

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Reprinted from Silicon.com.uk by Tom Jowitt on April 29, 2021.

Amazon’s protracted vote over whether to form a trade union at a fulfilment centre in Alabama, may not be over.

Earlier [last] month, Amazon roundly defeated a high-profile effort to unionise a warehouse in Alabama, following a months-long campaign against the unionisation drive.

Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama facility voted 1,798 to 738 against the project, according to US labour officials. …

On Wednesday Reuters quoted the National Labor Relations Board as saying that evidence submitted by a retail union over Amazon’s alleged conduct at the union election in Alabama “could be grounds for overturning the vote.”

The NLRB will hold a hearing on 7 May to consider objections filed by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). …

Silicon.com.uk 4/29

 

Union’s Evidence in Amazon Vote ‘Could be Grounds for Overturning Election,’ US Labor Board Says

Reprinted from Reuters by Nandita Bose on April 28, 2021.

Evidence submitted by a retail union that raised objections to Amazon.com Inc’s conduct at [April]’s union election in Alabama “could be grounds for overturning the vote”, the National Labor Relations Board said on Wednesday.

The labor board has overturned several union elections over the years. In 2016, the board overturned an election the United Steelworks union lost by a decisive vote – a decision criticized by large US business lobbies.

The NLRB will hold a hearing on May 7 to consider objections filed by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which failed to secure enough votes from Amazon warehouse workers to form a union. The vote count announced on April 9 showed that workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse rejected the union by a more than 2-to-1 margin. …

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