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Union: NLRB officer recommends new vote for Amazon workers

A union that tried, and failed, to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, says a federal hearing officer has recommended that the vote be tossed and another election held in its place.

8/3/2021 5:20:00 AM

A union that tried, and failed, to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, says a federal hearing officer has recommended that the vote be tossed and another election held in its place.

The union that tried — and failed — to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama may get a do-over. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday said that a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the vote by workers in April to overwhelmingly reject the union be set aside and that another vote be held in its place.

August 3, 2021 GMTFILE - In this March 30, 2021 file photo, a banner encouraging workers to vote in labor balloting is shown at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. The union that tried, and failed, to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, says it may get a do-over. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday, Aug. 2 said that a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the vote by workers in April to overwhelmingly reject the union be set aside and that another vote be held in its place. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

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FILE - In this March 30, 2021 file photo, a banner encouraging workers to vote in labor balloting is shown at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. The union that tried, and failed, to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, says it may get a do-over. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday, Aug. 2 said that a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the vote by workers in April to overwhelmingly reject the union be set aside and that another vote be held in its place. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

The union that tried — and failed — to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama may get a do-over.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday said that a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the vote by workers in April to headtopics.com

overwhelmingly reject the unionbe set aside and that another vote be held in its place. The hearing officer determined that Amazon violated labor law, according to the union.Amazon countered in a statement that “our employees had a chance to be heard during a noisy time when all types of voices were weighing into the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of a direct connection with their managers and the company. Their voice should be heard above all else, and we plan to appeal to ensure that happens.”

ADVERTISEMENTThe NLRB, which could not be reached for comment, has not yet issued a final decision, which would typically come two or three weeks after the initial recommendation.The RWDSU said Monday it supports the initial recommendation by the hearing officer.

“Workers endured an intensive anti-union campaign designed by Amazon to intimidate and interfere with their choice on whether or not to form a union,” it said in a statement.The union saidin a filing in Aprilthat Amazon threatened workers with layoffs and even the closing of the warehouse if they unionized. It also said Amazon fired a pro-union employee, but declined to name the person.

Many of the other allegations by the union revolve around a mailbox that Amazon installed in the parking lot of the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse. It said the mailbox created the false appearance that Amazon was conducting the election, intimidating workers into voting against the union. Security cameras in the parking lot could have recorded workers going to the mailbox, giving the impression that workers were being watched by the company and that their votes weren’t private, according to the retail union. headtopics.com

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Workers overwhelmingly voted against forming a union, with 1,798 rejecting it and 738 voting in favor of it. A total of 3,117 votes were cast, about 53% of the nearly 6,000 workers at the warehouse.The union push was the biggest in Amazon’s history and only the second time that an organizing effort from within the company had come to a vote. But Bessemer was always viewed as a long shot since it pitted the country’s second-largest employer against warehouse workers in a state with laws that don’t favor unions.

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they voted to not have a union so now a federal hearing officer wants to throw the vote out and do it again why try to force it? i guess its ok to keep voting until you get the outcome you want JFC, how can side with the inherently disingenuous Amazon says a lot more about this 'news' outlet than their age.

👏👏👏 Appearing as though we are sympathetic to private sector unions is pivotal to keeping a large part of our base--this article does a good job appearing concerned but avoiding taking sides outright--Amazon is very powerful and we should always secretly support them. Good. I've been pro-union for decades. AFTRA SAG. Benefits were excellent. Union strong and backs members. I still have my monogrammed NABET AFL-CIO jacket I got in 1976. I wear it on occasion. Amazon employees require union protection.

nrookie This is a very bad tweet that omits the reason why NLRB finds Amazon at fault, requiring a new election & frames the NLRB action as 'union says.' Did you seek out someone who hates unions to write this tweet ? Delete & replace it. APfail Election Fraud never heard of it. 🤣😂🤣😂 TrumpWon🇺🇸

First AP it's..AN Union that tried... not A. Secondly, with all da crazy 💩 happening w, this 'election', I'm shocked it was valid to begin with. AP is a respected news source it's grammar should be top notch. And now bk 2 ur regularly scheduled program. They should make it easier to establish unions everywhere and make it illegal for an employer to even open their mouths about why they think a Union is a bad idea. Business Owners don't like it, go open a hotdog stand 🌭 to make money

this is the worst possible way to write this headline lol

NLRB Officer Recommends Union Vote Do-over at Amazon Plant in AlabamaA National Labor Relations Board officer has recommended that the NLRB’s regional director negate the results of the April vote and order a second election

Federal labor board official recommends new vote for Amazon union electionThe union that tried — and failed — to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama may get a do-over. this is terrible news Why isn't Biden taking care of 1 million homeless American citizens instead of taking care of over 1 million document ed illegal aliens I don't think he likes us American citizens Dirty Amazon tactics in a state that doesn't like unions. But, hey the owner can drop $$$$$ on a dick to space.

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Amazon warehouse workers overwhelmingly rejected a union. Now they may vote againA U.S. labor board official has recommended a rerun of a landmark Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) union election in Alabama where employees had voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the online retailer's first to organize in the United States. That paycheck can’t be that good. What the fuck?

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