The Amazon union’s initial efforts seem to have failed in Alabama
Banners will be displayed at the Amazon facility when members of a congressional delegation arrive to show their support for workers who will vote on union formation on March 5, 2021 in Bessemer, Alabama.
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Amazon wins a closely watched election at a warehouse in Alabama – where some workers are hoping to become the first in global e-commerce giants to unionize.
With around half of the ballots counted on Thursday, around 70 percent of workers in the Bessemer camp were on the side of Amazon and against union formation, the Wall Street Journal reported.
More than 3,200 workers in the warehouse – just over half of those who work there – have cast ballot papers stating whether they want to join the national wholesale and department stores union.
Amazon has campaigned heavily against union formation, including by launching a website – doitwithoutdues.com – to keep employees away from the organization.
The union has criticized Amazon’s anti-union campaign, including the way in which mandatory meetings were held where workers were held by the organization.
The ballots are counted by officials on the federal National Labor Relations Board. The count has ended for that day and will continue on Friday. A bottom line may still be days away.
With around 950,000 employees, Amazon is the second largest employer in the country after Walmart, the Journal reported.