Amazon union election to start in February, US labor board says

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Amazon.com’s first US union election since 2014 is scheduled to start with the mailing of ballots in early February along with a vote count beginning on the 30th of March, a US labour board officer has said in a filing.

The announcement brings employees at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Bessemer, Alabama, a step closer to deciding whether to combine a portion of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). A “yes” vote could mark the first-ever to get a US Amazon facility.

Unions have had higher success coordinating at Amazon elsewhere, like in France, in which they precipitated a month-long closure of its warehouses this past year.

As of January the 7th, Amazon used almost 6,200 hourly employees at the warehouse, according to the filing. To acquire, the marriage demands a vast majority of people who submit ballots.

While Amazon had favored peer to peer unemployment, the labour board sided with the union on a mail-in procedure because this is the safest and most appropriate method of conducting an election in view of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the filing stated.

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America’s second-largest private company after Walmart Inc, Amazon has long avoided unionization, and it has trained managers to spot organizing activity. A site, doitwithoutdues.com, warns that the Bessemer workers, why pay almost $500 in dues?

In statements, Amazon said the website’s purpose was to educate staff about “the facts of joining a union” and that “We will continue to insist on measures for a fair election.” The business added that its rejected proposal for an in-house election would improve “associate convenience, vote fidelity, and timeliness of vote count.”

The world’s largest online merchant has faced criticism over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting some workers to protest out warehouses and demand their closure. Labor organizing has begun in different areas of the corporation.

Amazon, reporting over 19,000 COVID-19 cases as of September, has said it increased clean-up, rolled out virus tests and temperature checks, and additional other measures to protect associates.

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Ballots will be mailed to  people on the 8th of February.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco. Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Aurora Ellis and Nick Zieminski.

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