Federal labor official rules must have a new union vote at Amazon warehouses

An official of the National Labor Relations Board ordered a second union vote at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, after it was determined that Amazon improperly pressured workers during the first vote in the spring.

The decision was made by Lisa Y. Henderson, the NLRB’s Atlanta regional director, who accused Amazon of “clear disregard” in making union elections free and fair. She specifically urged the company to wait until voting begins to have a U.S. Postal Service mailbox installed in front of the warehouse, saying that Amazon “fundamentally hijacked the process and made a big impression.” strong that they control the process.”

The workers voted more than 2 to 1 not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Coalition. Some warehouse staff testified during an NLRB hearing on Amazon’s actions before and during the vote, with one saying that managers told workers that if they voted to union, the facility could close, and others said they heard union leaders would use their fees to buy expensive cars and go. are on vacation.

Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Alliance President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement that Henderson’s decision “confirms what we’ve been told – that Amazon’s intimidation and interference has prevented prevent workers from having a fair say about whether they want a union in their workplace – and as the regional director has pointed out, that is both unacceptable and illegal.” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said employees “always have the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they opted out of RWDSU earlier this year. It’s disappointing that the NLRB has now decided that those votes don’t count.”

https://theweek.com/business/1007552/federal-labor-official-rules-there-must-be-a-new-union-vote-at-amazon-warehouse Federal labor official rules must have a new union vote at Amazon warehouses


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