Union alleges Amazon created 'atmosphere of confusion, coercion' ahead of warehouse voteApril 19, 2021
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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has filed an objection against Amazon's conduct during the union election, charging that the tech giant interfered.
Employees in Bessemer, Alabama held a vote in early April as to whether the RWDSU would represent them. In the end, only 738 of approximately 3,000 votes were in favor of representation, killing the most high-profile union push in the company's history.
The RWDSU responded by filing an objection with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that alleged Amazon interfered in the process, creating "an atmosphere of confusion, coercion and/or fear of reprisals" during the run-up to the vote.
The union is requesting a hearing on the matter with the NLRB.
"Workers fighting for a voice and fair treatment in the workplace will await the results of the hearings on the objections to determine the final outcome of their union vote," the union said in a statement posted on its website.
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"After enduring an intensive anti-union campaign designed by Amazon to intimidate and manipulate, workers are seeking the chance to finally have a right to fair representation, a seat at the table and a real chance to fix the litany of issues that workers at Amazon have faced for far too long," the union continued.