Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, will vote by mail next month in a re-election to decide whether to union, a federal labor council said.
The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that ballots will be mailed out on February 4 and must be returned before the counting begins on March 28.
The move comes about a month and a half after the board ordered a new union election for Amazon workers based on the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union’s opposition to The first vote took place in April.
The move was a blow to Amazon, which spent about a year actively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reject unions, which they eventually did.
In a 20-page decision, NLRB regional manager Lisa Henderson heavily focused on Amazon installing a US Postal box at the main employee entrance, which could create the false impression that the company company who conducts the election process. . Henderson also rejected Amazon’s argument that it was making voting easier and was trying to encourage as many voters to turn out as possible.
“Our employees always have the choice to join or not to join a union, and they completely opted out of RWDSU last year,” said Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agrait. Amazon, Barbara Agrait, said in an emailed statement Tuesday, adding that she looks forward to having its team in Bessemer ‘”have their voices heard again.”
Meanwhile, the RWDSU took issue with the NLRB’s decision to hold a postal election.
“We are deeply concerned that this decision does not prevent Amazon from continuing its protest behavior in a new election,” the union said in a statement. Unions are promoting direct elections, which they say could make the process fairer for workers.
RWDSU faces an uphill battle to unite workers with such a high turnover rate, but Amazon struck a deal with the NLRB last month to allow its employees the freedom to organize — and not retaliated against.
Under the agreement, the online giant said it would contact its warehouse workers – former and current – via email, who were on the job at any time as of March 22 of last year. to inform them of their right to organize.
The deal indicates that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the US, have more room to organize in buildings. For example, Amazon has pledged not to threaten workers with discipline or call the police when they are engaged in union activity in non-workout areas during non-work time.
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