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The Amazon labor campaign in Alabama garners 3,215 votes.

The union seeking to represent workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama said Wednesday night that there were 3,215 ballots – or about 55% of the roughly 5,800 eligible workers.

Ballots are expected to be hand-counted from Thursday afternoon or Friday morning at the National Labor Relations Board office in Birmingham, according to the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union. Hundreds of ballots are disputed, mostly by Amazon, the union said.

The vote count will be broadcast on a videoconference call to a small number of foreigners, including journalists, in addition to union and company representatives.

Union elections are usually held in person, but the Labor Relations Board has decided that elections should be conducted by mail to minimize risk during the pandemic. The ballots were sent to the workers in early February and were due at the agency by March 30. Since then, Amazon and the union have had the opportunity to challenge a particular worker’s right to vote.

Once the public count is complete, the agency will announce the official results if a side’s margin of victory is greater than the number of disputed ballots.

If the margin is narrower, the NLRB could take two to three weeks to hold a hearing to sort the disputed ballots and collect evidence from both sides as to whether they should be counted.

The Amazon labor campaign in Alabama garners 3,215 votes.

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