Amazon workers get second union vote

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, will vote again on whether to unionize.

In ballots counted April 9, 2021, workers rejected the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union 1,798 to 738. But a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigation found that Amazon interfered with the vote in “flagrant disregard” of federal labor law. The NLRB found that company managers had polled workers’ support for the union during weeks of mandatory antiunion meetings. The company also got the U.S. Postal Service to set up a mailbox at work for workers to turn in their ballots, and the company put its campaign slogan around the mailbox, giving the appearance that Amazon was conducting the election and surveilling workers as they dropped off ballots.

NLRB ordered that a new election be held. The new ballots were mailed out Feb. 4 and will be counted March 28.

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