People protest in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2021 in support of the united efforts of Alabama Amazon workers.
Lucy Nicholson | Reuters
According to Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, more than 3,200 votes were cast in the high stakes union elections at one of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses.
The election is open to more than 5,800 employees in the Bessemer warehouse in Amazon, Alabama, to vote for participation in the RWDSU. The total number of votes is 3,215, and the turnout is about 55%, which is higher than what RWDSU initially estimated.
Workers had to submit ballots by mail by March 29th. Vote counting began last week through a private video conference hosted by the NLRB. In the meantime, Amazon and the union have been able to challenge the vote based on factors such as unreadable signatures and whether they are eligible to vote by individual occupation.
According to RWDSU, the public portion of the polls will start on Thursday or Friday morning.
According to RWDSU, hundreds of votes were challenged primarily by Amazon. If the winning margin is less than the total number of votes challenged, the final tally will be temporarily suspended until the NLRB’s hearings resolve those challenges. All approved votes will be added to the tally.
As either Amazon or the union has the opportunity to challenge the election results, further legal issues may arise and the results may be further delayed.
The Bessemer elections have become a hot event both inside and outside Amazon, as they will set up the first union in one of the e-commerce giants’ warehouses in the United States.
Bessemer employees in favor of the union raised a number of issues regarding the rapid pace of work, lack of sufficient breaks, and other complaints. However, Amazon claims that there is no need to form a union between Amazon and its workers.
Amazon and NLRB representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Alabama Amazon Union Drive sees 55% turnout
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