Amazon has defeated the historic unionization attempt at its BHM1 distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama. According to CNBC, about 1,700 of the more than 3,000 employees who took part in the election voted against unionization on Friday morning, with the Associated press later confirming the result. To enter the contest, Amazon needed 1,608 ballots, or roughly 50 percent of the vote, to keep the warehouse from unionizing.
But the saga is far from over. For starters, Amazon and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU), which seeks to represent BHM1’s roughly 5,800 employees, contested around 500 ballots. According to CNBC, Amazon disputed about 300 of them, mostly on the basis of eligibility. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will not publish the official count of disputed ballots until it has finished counting all the votes. These contested ballots could play a central role in outcomes like the election if the vote draws near as the NLRB continues with the counting process.
There will likely also be legal challenges. RWDSU Chairman Stuart Appelbaum on Thursday called on the NLRB to investigate allegations that Amazon pressured the U.S. Postal Service to set up a letterbox outside of BHM1. “Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to showcase its own employees. We will not let Amazon’s lies, deception and illegal activity go unchallenged, which is why we are formally filing charges against all of the blatant and clearly illegal actions taken by Amazon in the union vote, ”he said. he declares declaration.
Amazon has refuted any claims that it was seeking to unfairly influence the vote. “It’s easy to predict that the union will say that Amazon won this election because we bullied the employees, but that’s not true,” the company said in a statement. blog post it was published after the competition was called by the Associated press. “Our employees heard a lot more anti-Amazon messages from the union, policymakers and the media than they heard from us. And Amazon didn’t win – our employees chose to vote against joining a union. ”
Less than one percent of Amazon’s more than 950,000 employees work at BHM1, but the organizing campaign has gained national attention, with celebrities, The politicians and even outgoing President Joe Biden worker support. At one point, same Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, got involved when it stopped running the company’s anti-union ads in Alabama.