Labor Union Vows to Move Forward with Unionization Campaign
A failed attempt by a labor union to campaign for workers at an Alabama Amazon warehouse is now promising to bring labor charges against the e-commerce giant. The charges would result in a second vote to move forward with the unionization campaign.
Reaction From Union
Following the failed attempt to unionize the workers, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) vowed to file a challenge to the vote with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The RWDSU said that Amazon used intimidation tactics to influence the results of the unionization election.
According to a statement from RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, individuals should not simply ascertain that the vote results indicate that Amazon is currently treating its employees fairly.
Instead, Appelbaum said that the results are more of an indication of the power that Amazon had to influence the vote through unfair labor practices and employee intimidation.
The union organizers are hopeful that the NLRB will nullify the results of Friday’s vote and order a new election.
Official Election Results
The NLRB said that 1,798 workers voted against the unionization effort, with 738 people voting in favor. Approximately half of the 5,876 employees of the warehouse voted during the election. The vote was conducted via mail.
Amazon Under Fire
Appelbaum has been extremely critical of Amazon’s efforts to sway the vote. He said that the company lied to workers and used anti-union propaganda to influence the outcome. This included the use of union busters walking the floor of the facility and sending text messages to employees to influence their opinion.