The union ticketing work at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama is underway, but the winner will not be determined until Friday.
By the evening of Thursday, this figure had seriously opposed the union, with 1,100 workers rejected the union and 463 votes in favor. The count will resume on Friday morning.
The retail, wholesale and department store union that is organizing Bessemer workers said that 3,215 ballots have been issued, accounting for about 55% of the nearly 6,000 workers eligible to vote. The union stated that hundreds of them voted, mainly for various reasons, such as voters not working there or not eligible to vote. The union will not specify how many votes to vote.
The National Labor Relations Board is counting votes in Birmingham, Alabama. In order to determine the winner, the margin of victory must be greater than the number of disputed votes, otherwise a hearing will be held to decide whether to open the disputed votes and count them in the final number of votes.
RWDSU Chairman Stuart Appelbaum issued a stern tone on Thursday before the results were released: “Our system has been compromised, and Amazon has taken full advantage of this advantage. We will call on the Labour Office to be responsible for Amazon’s illegal and cruel actions during this period. . But don’t get me wrong. For workers, this is still an important moment, and their voices will be heard.”
Amazon could not be reached to comment immediately.
The vote itself has attracted national attention, with professional athletes, Hollywood stars, and even President Joe Biden joining the ranks of the union.
If the union wins, it will be the first in Amazon’s 26-year history. However, this vote also has a profound impact on other regions outside of Amazon. Amazon is currently the second largest private employer in the United States, second only to retailer Wal-Mart.
Regardless of the outcome, labor organizers hope that Bessemer will inspire thousands of workers across the country (not just the Amazon region) to consider joining a union. For Amazon, which has more than 950,000 workers in the United States and has been working hard to oppose organizational attempts, union losses may make similar efforts around the company cold.
The Labor Committee has reviewed each ballot and read the name and signature on the envelope with representatives from Amazon and the retail union. Both companies have the opportunity to dispute these ballots. The disputed ballot was put aside and not opened.
Now, the board of directors will open the undisputed ballot from the envelope and count the “yes” or “no” votes.
Even if there is a clear winner, the battle may be far from over. If workers vote against the establishment of a union, the retail union can object, accusing Amazon of tainting the election in some way, which could lead to a re-election if the labor committee agrees. If workers vote to form a union, Amazon can raise its own objections.
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