The U.S. Labor Law Organization (NLRB) on Monday ordered a new referendum on whether to form a union at the Amazon warehouse in Alabama, arguing that e-commerce violated the rules in an election earlier this year.
The decision was sent to the AFP by a spokesman for the agency, which, following a series of appeals filed by the union RWDSU, accused Amazon of “illegal conduct” on the Bessemer site in the spring following the failure of the first attempt at unionization.
The local NLRB official ruled that it could accept a number of union objections, including the installation of a letterbox in the warehouse parking lot by Amazon.
It therefore ordered the cancellation of the ballot, which ended in April, and the holding of new elections, without determining the date or conditions of the new ballot.
Amazon, which is currently facing another attempt to arrange in a New York warehouse, may challenge this decision.
When asked by the AFP, he did not want to specify whether the panel would seek to reconsider the decision.
A spokesman noted that the site’s staff “largely chose not to join RWDSU at the beginning of the year.” “It is disappointing that the NLRB has decided not to consider these votes,” he added, adding that “forming a union” is not the right answer. To the staff. “
The NLRB’s decision “confirms what we have been saying from the beginning – Amazon’s intimidation and interference prevents workers from asking if they want a union in their workplace,” union leader Stuart Appalbaum responded on his page. A press release.
“As the (NLRB Regional Officer) said, this is unacceptable and illegal,” he added.
Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer rejected the formation of the union, which is believed to have first appeared on the site of a company in the United States after intense campaigning.
The small town of Alabama received much attention at the time, with trade unionists – artists, Democratic and Republican lawmakers and President Joe Biden – and Amazon thriving during the epidemic.
NLRB Operation Another major US company, Starbucks Coffeehouse Chain, is embroiled in a bitter battle over the merger of three coffee shops in Buffalo, north of the country.
Management used significant resources to persuade employees of these three companies to vote against forming a union. With them set to vote by December 8, the vote count will take place on the 9th.
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