Amazon challenged hundreds of ballots in a vote to form a union in one of its warehouses in Alabama during a union activity seen as one of the most important labor battles in recent American history.
The National Labor Council on Thursday began opening ballots and counting votes in the Bessemer, Alabama elections.
About 3,215 votes were cast in the election by more than 5,800 eligible employees. The election will determine whether Bessemer workers will form the first union in an Amazon warehouse in the United States.
According to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores, hundreds of newsletters have been challenged, mostly by Amazon.
“There are hundreds of disputed ballots left, mostly by the employer, which will have to be reviewed after the public census. As the ballot envelopes are opened and the ballots are counted, more questions are likely to affect the final results, ”RWDSU said.
The drive for unification has sparked huge political interest, and a list of left-wing politicians ̵
Ballot papers can be challenged on the basis of several factors, such as the eligibility of the voter with regard to the classification of posts or dates of employment. The NLRB is likely to hold a later hearing on the validity of the disputed ballots, once the undisputed ballots have been collected, if the number of disputed ballots could affect the outcome of the election.
The trade union organization in Bessemer grew from 51-year-old warehouse worker Daryl Richardson, who contacted RWDSU in June last year with an interest in starting a trade union in the warehouse. A former union member of his previous job in the automotive industry, Richardson’s excitement to start work months earlier quickly dissipated after he witnessed colleagues facing termination due to productivity quotas, and saw wages lag far behind pay. which receives in the automotive industry.
Richardson and other workers were able to obtain more than 3,000 union authorization cards, enough for the NLRB to establish that the union had enough support to hold elections. The union initially offered a bargaining unit of 1,500 workers, which was later expanded to about 5,800 workers at Amazon’s behest.
The ballots for the union elections were mailed to eligible workers on February 8, and the workers were given until March 29 to send completed ballots to the NLRB.
Depending on the outcome of the vote, other legal disputes or objections may further delay the official results. The process of counting the elections took as long as due to the disputed voting process and the large size of the eligible bargaining unit.