Workers queue to cast ballots in a union election at Amazon’s JFK8 distribution center in the Staten Island borough of New York City, the United States, March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.
March 30, 2022
(Reuters) – Turnout for Amazon.com Inc.’s Alabama reunion vote has fallen from last year, a workers’ group said on Wednesday, adding that it expects US labor officials to begin counting the result on Thursday afternoon will.
According to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU), about 39% of the 6,143 workers set to receive absentee ballots voted for the contest. That’s a drop of over 50% over the last year. The election could determine whether Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, becomes the company’s first unionized workplace in the United States.
In 2021, workers rejected joining the RWDSU by a majority of more than 2 to 1. The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) called for a rerun after finding Amazon had interfered in the vote.
Unionizing Amazon, America’s second-largest private employer, has long been a target of the US labor movement trying to reverse a long-standing decline in membership. Union membership fell from 20% in 1983 to 10% of eligible workers in 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
Amazon and the NLRB did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in Palo Alto, California; Editing by Leslie Adler)
https://www.oann.com/amazons-repeat-union-election-in-alabama-saw-smaller-turnout-labor-group/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amazons-repeat-union-election-in-alabama-saw-smaller-turnout-labor-group In the Amazon union re-election in Alabama, the worker group’s voter turnout was lower