U.S. retail union challenges Amazon-based union veto | Reuters

On April 19, the retail industry union “RWDSU”, which aims to form a labor union at a distribution warehouse operated by Amazon.com in Alabama, was rejected because employees did not collect the votes necessary to form a union. He formally challenged the results of this month’s vote. Taken in March at Amazon Logistics Facility in Bessemer, Alabama (2021 Reuters / Dustin Chambers)

[Reuters]–The retail union “RWDSU”, which aims to form a labor union at a distribution warehouse operated by Amazon.com in Alabama, was rejected because employees did not collect the votes necessary to form a union. We formally challenged this month’s voting results.

RWDSU has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that Amazon threatens employees to close the warehouse if they join RWDSU and dismisses 75% of employees who have collective bargaining rights in union formation. Claimed to have sent an email warning that it would be. Asked to invalidate the voting results. Regarding the pros and cons of forming the first union in the United States for Amazon, the company said that it hindered employees’ “free will choice”.

Reuters has not been able to confirm the truth of the e-mail allegedly sent by Amazon or the RWDSU claim.

As for the voting results revealed on the 9th, the votes against the formation of the union reached more than twice the votes in favor.

Amazon told Reuters that less than 16% of employees agreed to form a union. RWDSU criticized, “It seems that we are determined not to accept the choices of our employees and to continue to distort the facts to achieve our goals.”

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The RWDSU is asking the NLRB regional director to hold a hearing on the opposition. The ballot box installed in the distribution warehouse may also have leaked information about employee voting.

Amazon said the ballot box was set up by the United States Postal Service and covered with tents, allowing employees to vote in a convenient location at work, with privacy.

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