Amazon Alabama labor campaign sees 39% turnout

Workers and supporters hold signs after filing a petition calling for an election to form a union in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in the Brooklyn Borough of New York on Monday, October 25, 2021.

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More than 2,300 ballots were cast in a closely watched union election at one of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store union.

About 39% of the 6,143 eligible voters cast their ballots in the election. This is less than in the first election last spring, when turnout was around 55%.

Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama are voting for the second time whether to join RWDSU. Last spring, Amazon workers at the warehouse, known as BHM1, overwhelmingly rejected unionization. The National Labor Relations Board ordered a new election after finding that Amazon had improperly interfered in union competition.

BHM1 workers had from February 4 to March 25 to send in their ballot. The NLRB began counting the votes privately on Monday, during which Amazon and RWDSU had the opportunity to challenge the ballots.

The public part of the vote count is expected to begin as early as Thursday afternoon, RWDSU said.

National unions have long aimed to organize Amazon warehouse and delivery workers, but so far no Amazon warehouse in the United States has successfully organized.

Bessemer’s election ends just as another Amazon warehouse wraps up its union campaign. Voting at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York ended on Wednesday. The NLRB is expected to begin counting ballots on Thursday.

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