The largest union drive within the historical past of Amazon has ended with the corporate on high. After a months-long battle, 738 staff at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no.
Ballots from one other 505 staff have been challenged, principally by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered within the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor follow prices with the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon, which is led by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, spent hundreds of thousands to defeat the carefully watched election, and even obtained a personal mailbox put in on the warehouse so it might stress staff to mail their ballots from work and monitor votes.
“It’s important that people don’t misread the results of this election,” says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
“People were not saying that they were satisfied with Amazon’s working conditions in any way. They were saying that they were afraid to vote for the union.”
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