Amazon Wins Vote To Prevent Warehouse Workers From Unionizing In Alabama Science & Tech News
Amazon employees have voted not to unionize at one of the company’s warehouses in Alabama in order to win a big win for the company.
The majority of 3,215 votes cast by some 5,800 workers in Bessemer, Alabama, were against union formation, according to a preliminary count by the US National Labor Relations Board.
Thwarting the move to union formation is seen as a great success for AmazonThe company has reportedly spent millions monitoring and attacking its workforce’s union activities, including hiring intelligence analysts to track down employees suspected of organizing.
The Retail and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has complained that the company’s behavior has systematically tried to frustrate attempts to organize workers in Bessemer and other locations across the country.
Although the RWDSU is arguing with Amazon over the eligibility of around 500 ballots, the number is too small to postpone the vote – which is decided by a simple majority.
While the e-commerce giant said it supports its workers’ right to vote for union formation, it has consistently opposed the effort through employee meetings and marketing campaigns.
Actions taken by the company included measures to delay voting as well as requiring workers to attend meetings criticizing union formation – often using RWDSU’s false claims of scaring employees.
Amazon is the second largest private employer in America and was a target of union formation by the US labor movement, whose membership continued to decline.
Only 11% of eligible workers were part of a union in 2020.
It is followed by the company apologizing for sending a tweet denying that their delivery drivers are delivery drivers forced to urinate in bottles due to their busy schedules.
It admitted that some drivers had done so and promised to improve working conditions.
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