Fewer Amazon workers vote in recent Alabama union campaign

In a closely watched union election that ended recently in Bessemer, Ala, fewer Amazon workers voted this year.

Of 6,143 eligible voters, just 39% – or 2,375 – voted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

At this point last year, when the first vote took place, 3,041 voters out of 5,876 voters – or 55% – cast their ballot on the issue.

The public portion of the vote count begins today by the National Labor Relations Board, which ordered the second vote after finding Amazon disrupted the first election.

Amazon won this election with 1,798 votes against the union and 738 in favor.

Amazon has pulled out all the stops this year to discourage its workers from joining the union.

RWDSU supporters stand in the street with signs.
RWDSU lost an election at the Alabama facility last year.
AFP via Getty Images

She put up posters all over the facility, sent letters to workers’ homes, and called them.

Meanwhile, another work action is taking place on Staten Island and at two Amazon warehouses that just finished the voting process.

The Amazon Labor Union is an independent organization founded by a former employee, Chris Smalls, who was fired from Amazon at that facility in 2020 for allegedly violating the company’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Amazon workers are not represented by any union in the United States. Fewer Amazon workers vote in recent Alabama union campaign


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