In a big win for online retail giant Amazon, workers at an Amazon response center in Bessemer, Alabama voted against union formation, according to an informal vote. .
In a massive win for online retail giant Amazon, workers at an Amazon response center in Bessemer, Alabama voted against union formation, according to an informal vote. .
More than 1,800 votes opposing the consolidation were dropped, blocking the 1,608 votes needed by the union to be successful.
Counting continues and an official announcement of results is still pending with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRB).
The Bessemer, Alabama vote drew in domestic and international attention and for the first time since 2014, workers of the online retail giant have tried to unite in the United States.
Amazon is the second largest private employer in the US and has been heavily criticized in recent years for its treatment of warehouse workers in the US and abroad.
Joshua Freeman, an emeritus professor of labor history at Queens College at City University of New York, says the union’s failure could affect other potential attempts to organize warehouse workers. row.
“It was a pretty heavy loss, when it lost 2-1. Freeman told Al Jazeera. “Most unions don’t take part in a union election unless they have a sizable base to think they’re on the playing field. And either opinion was changed, or the union misunderstood the situation when they applied to vote ”.
Of the approximately 5,800 ballots submitted in early February, a total of 3,215 ballots were returned to the NLRB regional office in Atlanta.
Before the public vote count, which began on Thursday, each ballot was reviewed for the first time by representatives from Amazon and the Department of Stores, Wholesale and Retail (RWDSU).
According to Reuters, about 500 of these people were initially challenged on a variety of issues including false suspicions and voter status.
RWDSU said in a press release on Friday that it was challenging the outcome of the vote with the NLRB, arguing that Amazon had interfered illegally, “the right of employees to participate in public protection protected group”.
“We demand a comprehensive investigation of Amazon’s behavior in vandalizing this election,” RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement.
Amazon has dismissed claims that it acted against the law, writing in a press release on Friday: “It’s easy to predict that the union will say Amazon won this election because we threatened. scare staff, but that’s not true. “