Amazon workers vote against unionization

by Joel Abbott · Apr 9th, 2021 3:04 pm
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Last Updated Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:39 pm

A majority of the eligible Amazon employees who voted for unionization have rejected the motion, although those in favor of the union have pledged to contest the results.

As of Friday morning, 1,798 "no" votes had been counted at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, which was a majority of the 3,215 ballots cast. The "yes" ballots were fewer than 800, with roughly 500 ballots contested.

Nearly 6,000 employees were eligible to vote, but only 55% cast a ballot.

Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said those in favor of unionization would challenge the results with the National Labor Board.

"Our system is broken, Amazon took full advantage of that, and we will be calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behavior during the campaign," Appelbaum said. "But make no mistake about it; this still represents an important moment for working people and their voices will be heard."

The labor board oversaw the counting process, reviewing each ballot with representatives from Amazon and the retail union.


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