Jan 11, 2022 - Economy & Business

Amazon workers in Alabama to redo union vote in February

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Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, will redo a union vote, with mail ballots expected to go out next month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The new election comes after last year's vote, in which NLRB determined Amazon had "interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice."

Catch up quick: A majority of workers at an Amazon distribution center in Bessemer voted in March against unionization after Amazon fought the efforts.

The big picture: The vote will determine whether workers in Bessemer wish to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), per Business Insider.

  • Ballots will be mailed out on Feb. 4 and must counting begins on March 28, the NLRB said.

What they're saying: The RWDSU responded to the news in a statement, saying that they remain "deeply concerned" that nothing prevents Amazon from interfering again in this second election.

  • "Workers' voices can and must be heard fairly, unencumbered by Amazon’s limitless power to control what must be a fair and free election, and we will continue to hold them accountable for their actions.”
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