(Reuters) – Amazon.com consolidation efforts (NASDAQ 🙂 warehouse staff in Alabama were unofficially beaten on Friday by a 2 to 1 difference with more than half of the votes. check.
So far, more than 1,700 votes against union formation, with nearly 700 votes in favor. Simple majority is needed to win, but both sides have the right to challenge ballot eligibility.
Trade union group RWDSU said it was filing against the allegations that Amazon interfered with voting rights of Bessemer, Alabama employees.
Amazon shares rose 0.5% on Friday; Vote counting resumes at 8:30 am CT (13:30 GMT).
Whatever the outcome, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Alliance (RWDSU), which is trying to organize employees, has the same legal options as Amazon: challenging individual eligibility. voters or alleged that coercive conduct polluted the election.
In the latter case, the dispute will be brought before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRB) and then possibly at a federal court of appeals.
Consolidating Amazon, the second largest privately held company in the US, would be the first step to reverse a long-term decline in union membership, which fell to 11 percent of its qualified workforce by year. 2020 from 20% in 1983, according to the US Department of Labor. Statistics.
The counting of votes after more than a challenging week for ballots in secret proceedings could affect the final outcome. Amazon and union attorneys have been allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, voter status and other issues.
The union said hundreds of votes were disputed, making it unclear how many votes were needed to declare the winner.
The NLRB, the body that monitors the elections, will arbitrate the challenges in the coming days.
Amazon has for years discouraged the organizational effort of more than 800,000 U.S. employees, showing managers how to define union operations, raising wages, and warning that union fees would be cut, according to a previous training video, corporate elections and publicity statements website.
Amazon says it’s following all the NLRB rules and wants employees to understand every aspect of the competition, and the RWDSU doesn’t represent the majority of the employee’s point of view. The company says it wants as many of its employees to vote as possible.
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