More than 3,200 employees of Amazon.com Inc. At a warehouse in Alabama voted on whether to merge and initial results will be announced in the coming days.
The Department of Department Stores, Wholesale and Retail said late Wednesday that 3,215, out of 55%, of the approximately 5,800 workers at the Bessemer warehouse, Ala., Voted.
The public part of the tally is expected to be announced on Thursday or Friday, the union said.
Voting ended on March 29 and counting of votes began last week. Trade unions say hundreds of votes have been challenged by management, which could delay election results in the event of tight race. Challenges will be addressed by the National Labor Relations Commission.
Even if the alliance wins, it can take years of negotiation to reach the initial contract, and the process could be delayed further if Amazon disputes the election results.
Workers are calling for higher wages and better working conditions.
The vote has high odds – organizers expect a win will arouse many incentives for consolidation across the country, and not just at Amazon. Meanwhile, Amazon, the nation’s second-largest private employer, is concerned that higher union wages could hurt its bottom line. Amazon hits $ 21.3 billion in profit by 2020.
so far it has been roughly the same year, but has increased by 61% over the past year.