The American National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “a ordered a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama“, reports the Associated Press,” based on objections to the first vote that took place in April. ”
The move, announced on Monday, is a blow to Amazon, which had spent around a year campaigning aggressively for Bessemer warehouse workers to reject the union, which they ultimately did with a large margin …
In a 20-page decision, the NLRB’s regional manager paid a lot of attention to Amazon installing a US Postal Service letterbox at the employee front door, which may have created the false impression. that the company was the one leading the electoral process. The regional manager also refuted Amazon’s position that it made voting easier and tried to encourage as high a turnout as possible. “The employer’s blatant disregard for the typical board mail voting procedure has compromised the authority of the board and made a free and fair election impossible,” the ruling said. “By setting up a post office mailbox at the main employee entrance, the employer essentially hijacked the process and gave a strong impression that they were in control of the process. This dangerous and inappropriate message to employees destroys confidence in board processes and in the credibility of the election results … “
A repeat of the election means another battle for Amazon with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (or RWDSU). The first election caught the nation’s attention and shed light on how Amazon treats its workers. It was the largest union campaign in Amazon history and only the second time that an organizational effort within the company had come to a vote.
In the first vote, 47% of workers ultimately did not vote.
Amazon ordered another union vote in Alabama
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