Alabama Amazon workers voted against joining a union. But according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Amazon influenced its outcome.
The union announced it would file objections to the conduct of the election under Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The fight to organize workers at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Ala. ended with 1,798 “no” votes, 738 “yes” votes, 76 “void” ballots and 505 uncounted ballots that were challenged by RWDSU officials. The NLRB said, in a statement, that their challenges aren’t sufficient in numbers to alter the outcome of the vote.
Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of ALIGN, said that Amazon’s actions reveal how fear and intimidation are part of the daily fabric of its business model.
“The Black-led organizing drive in Bessemer only shows that workers across the country are coming together and rising up against unfair working conditions, constant surveillance, and abuse of power,” said Silva-Farrell.
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