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A Tate's employee threatened union sympathizers and said he was a gang member, sources told Insider. The same anti-union employee "told us we need to bring him the ballots we get in the mail," he said. The anti-union employee called the police on a union officialLubrano also told Insider that the anti-union employee threatened him with physical harm. The anti-union employee denies claims that he identified himself as a gang memberTwo workers told Insider that the anti-union employee had previously identified himself as a gang member. The anti-union employee says the union threatened him — not the other way aroundReached by phone, the anti-union employee denied the allegations against him.
Persons: they're, Tate's, Paul, Rachel Demasi, it's, Rachel, Pablo Gutierrez, Salvador's, Rachael Ray, Cosmo Lubrano, Lubrano, mara, Carlos Flores, Rubenstein, Jim Vogt, , I've, Mara Salvatrucha, , It's, Nancy Pak Organizations: Fortune, Foods, Consumer, National Labor Relations Board, National Labor Relations, Eastern States Joint Board, AFL, NLRB, Suffolk County Police Department, Central America, Tate's, Employees Locations: East Moriches , New York, East Moriches, Manhattan, Shore, Long, Shirley, Patchogue, Riverhead, Central America, Salvadoran, Tate's, Texas, Suffolk, New York, United States
Amazon has released its official response to the results of the union election at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse — in which employees voted against forming the company's first-ever union. A total 55% of the warehouse's 5,800-strong workforce took part in the union election. Our employees heard far more anti-Amazon messages from the union, policymakers, and media outlets than they heard from us," Amazon said. "We demand a comprehensive investigation over Amazon's behavior in corrupting this election," RWDSU president, Stuart Appelbaum, said in a statement. Pro-union Amazon employees told Insider about the various tactics Amazon deployed to convince its employees to vote no, including mandatory anti-union meetings, sending employees texts, and putting up anti-union signs in the bathrooms.
Persons: Amazon, Stuart Appelbaum, Bernie Sanders, Insider's Kate Taylor, Read, There's, we've, We're, there's, we're, who's Organizations: Amazon, Workers, unionizing, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, Washington Post, US Postal Service, NLRB, Labor Locations: Bessemer, Alabama, U.S, www.amazonfctours.com
But experts said that misrepresents what has happened since November, when Bessemer employees officially asked the NLRB to hold a union election. In European counties, like France, where labor laws more heavily favor workers, some Amazon employees have been able to successfully unionize. In Bessemer, workers had a much tougher road to travel. Once employees took their union drive public, Amazon enlisted expensive "union avoidance" consultants to help kick its union-busting tactics into overdrive. Kochan said the Bessemer union drive was "another clear indication that [US] labor law is broken, perhaps in its current form, beyond repair."
Persons: Bessemer, Rebecca Givan, Tom Kochan, Erin Hatton, Lynne Vincent, Amazon, , John Logan, Vincent, What's, Kochan, Trump, Joe Biden, Joseph Seiner, Republican Sen, Marco Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Veena Dubal, Dubal, George Floyd's Organizations: Amazon, unionizing, National Labor Relations, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Bessemer, Rutgers University, MIT, NLRB, University of Buffalo, Syracuse University, Facebook, United States Postal Service, USPS, Department, Union, San Francisco State University, Institute, University of South, Republican, Democratic Rep, UC Hastings, The New York Times, Barnard College Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, France, Bessemer, unionizing, University of South Carolina, Alexandria
Amazon union drive facing long odds as final votes counted
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - The union hoping to change U.S. labor history by organizing Amazon.com warehouse employees in Alabama faces a steep uphill slog when vote counting resumes on Friday. Some 1,100 ballots were voted against forming a union, with 463 ballots in favor. Lawyers for Amazon and the union were allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues. The union says there have been hundreds of contested ballots, making it unclear the number of votes needed to declare a winner. Amazon has said it is following all NLRB rules and wants employees to understand each side of the contest, and that the RWDSU does not represent a majority of its employees’ views.
Persons: Dustin Chambers Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, Amazon, NLRB Locations: Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama, U.S, Bessemer, America
Ballot counting resumes in union election at Amazon.com
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -Ballot counting resumed Friday in a union election at an Amazon.com warehouse in Alabama, with the union that hopes to change U.S. labor history well behind in the vote count. Some 1,200 voted against forming a union, with more than 490 ballots in favor. Lawyers for Amazon and the union were allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues. The union says there have been hundreds of contested ballots, making it unclear the number of votes needed to declare a winner. The company has said it wants as many of its employees to vote as possible.
Organizations: Reuters, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, Amazon, NLRB Locations: Alabama, Bessemer, America
Union appears headed to defeat in Amazon.com election
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -Ballot counting resumed Friday in a union election at an Amazon.com warehouse in Alabama, with the union that hopes to change U.S. labor history well behind in the vote count. More than 1,400 voted against forming a union, with some 600 ballots in favor. Lawyers for Amazon and the union were allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues. The union says there have been hundreds of contested ballots, making it unclear the number of votes needed to declare a winner. The company has said it wants as many of its employees to vote as possible.
Organizations: Reuters, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Amazon, NLRB Locations: Alabama, Bessemer, America
Slideshow ( 3 images )According to the latest unofficial tally, 1,798 voted against forming a union, with 738 ballots in favor. A simple majority is needed for victory, but both sides have the right to challenge the eligibility of ballots. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which is trying to organize the Amazon employees, said it is filing objections, charging that Amazon interfered with the right of its Bessemer, Alabama employees to vote. The vote count followed more than a week of challenges to ballots during closed-door proceedings that could influence the final result. Lawyers for Amazon and the union were allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues.
Organizations: Reuters, Union, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Amazon, National Labor Relations Board, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, NLRB, U.S . Postal Service Locations: Alabama, Birmingham, U.S, The U.S, Bessemer, America
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is seeking to represent a bargaining unit of nearly 6,000 workers, which would be the first at an Amazon warehouse in the United States. After the election, RWDSU has the same legal options as Amazon: it could challenge the eligibility of individual voters or allege that coercive conduct by Amazon tainted the election. But Amazon would have to prove that any misconduct was likely to convince workers to vote in favor of the union or abstain. If RWDSU still prevails, Amazon could then refuse to bargain with the union. CAN AMAZON SHUT DOWN THE BESSEMER WAREHOUSE?
Persons: RWDSU, Roger King, Organizations: Reuters, National Labor Relations Board, Inc, Wholesale, Department Store Union, IF AMAZON, Amazon, NLRB, HR, Association Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Alabama, United States, Bessemer, Mississippi
Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming a Union
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Sebastian Herrera | ) www.wsj.com + 0.78   time to read: +1 min
With 72% of ballots counted, about 71% of the Bessemer, Ala., warehouse workers voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of votes. The number of votes against a union exceeds 1608, the total needed to reach a majority of the 3,215 mail-in ballots sent in by workers. Each side has about a week to contest results before the NLRB certifies the outcome, and the union is expected to appeal the vote and accuse Amazon of violating legal restrictions governing unionization campaigns. Amazon has said it followed the law in its communication with employees before and during the election. They also compared the wealth of Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos to the experience of hourly warehouse workers.
Persons: Jeff Bezos Organizations: Inc, Wall, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, Amazon Locations: Alabama, Bessemer, Ala, U.S
Amazon Is Ahead in Union Vote as Tallying Set to Resume
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Sebastian Herrera | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
Federal officials will resume counting votes Friday morning in a closely watched union election in which a large margin of Alabama warehouse workers for Amazon.com Inc. have so far sided against unionization. After about half the ballots were counted by federal officials as of Thursday, roughly 70% of the Amazon employees had voted not to unionize, according to a Wall Street Journal tally. The National Labor Relations Board is set to continue counting votes in a broadcast Friday, when the final outcome could become clear. The workers in Bessemer, Ala., are trying to become the first Amazon employees to be unionized and would be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The union, which said the mailbox could have intimidated workers who might have incorrectly thought that Amazon was conducting the election, is expected to accuse the company of unfair labor practices after the election ends.
Persons: , Stuart Appelbaum Organizations: Amazon.com Inc, Wall, National Labor Relations, NLRB, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, U.S . Postal, Amazon Locations: Alabama, Bessemer, Ala
BESSEMER, Ala. — Amazon warehouse workers here were voting overwhelmingly against forming a union Thursday after a monthslong campaign in which labor had hoped to make inroads into the sprawling company. The Bessemer warehouse, which opened in March 2020, is Amazon's first fulfillment center in Alabama. Workers started organizing toward a union vote in August, hoping it would help improve their working conditions. I give it 110 percent every day I go in there, regardless how hard it is, how stressful it is," said Darryl Richardson, a worker at the Bessemer warehouse. RWDSU spokesperson Chelsea Connor said the union received over a thousand inquiries about organizing from Amazon workers at other facilities since the organizing effort began.
Persons: Stuart Appelbaum, Rebecca Givan, Jennifer Bates, Mary Osako, LaVonette Stokes, she's, William, Darryl Richardson, Richardson, Kelly Nantel, Leah Seay, Seay, Givan, Chelsea Connor, Michael Pachter, it's, Ezra Kaplan, Olivia Solon Organizations: unionizing, Amazon, Wholesale, Department Store Union, NLRB, Labor, Rutgers University, Workers, Communication Workers of America, International Association of Machinists, Aerospace Workers, Bessemer, Employees, Rutgers, Wedbush Securities Locations: BESSEMER, Ala, United States, Bessemer, New Jersey, Alabama, Seattle, Delaware, U.S, New York, California, Bessemer , Alabama, San Francisco
Amazon enters second day of vote counting in historic union election
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( Annie Palmer | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The National Labor Relations Board on Friday resumed counting ballots in the historic union election at one of Amazon's Alabama warehouses. Amazon challenged the ballots at a rate of nearly 4-1, the union added. Amazon said it contested roughly 300 ballots, while roughly 200 ballots were challenged by the union. The NLRB told CNBC that it will not release the total number of challenged ballots until after the counting is over. The union election has shaped up to be one of the most important organizing campaigns in recent history.
Persons: RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Appelbaum Organizations: National Labor Relations Board, Wholesale, Department Store Union, CNBC, Amazon, NLRB, Reuters, Labor, U.S . Postal Service, USPS Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Alabama, Birmingham , Alabama, Amazon's Bessemer , Alabama
Amazon has defeated a vote to form a union at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said it's officially filing objections alleging Amazon illegally interfered with the election. Amazon workers at the company's warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama have voted against forming what would have been the first-ever Amazon workers' union in the US. With a majority of votes against the union, Amazon has successfully defeated the unionization attempt. The union vote was marked by appeals from Amazon to change the NLRB's practices.
Persons: it's, John Logan, RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Appelbaum, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Joe Biden Organizations: Amazon, Wholesale, Department Store Union, unionizing, National Labor Relations Board, San Francisco State University, gaslight, US Postal Service, The Washington, NLRB, USPS Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Bessemer, Birmingham, Alabama
Amazon secures enough votes to defeat the unionization drive at an Alabama warehouse
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAmazon secures enough votes to defeat the unionization drive at an Alabama warehouseWith more than two thirds of the ballots counted, Amazon on Friday secured enough votes to defeat the unionization drive at one of its Alabama warehouses. The NLRB still has yet to count hundreds of contested ballots. Amazon hasn't faced a substantial union vote in the U.S. since 2014, when a small group of repair technicians in Delaware rejected an effort to unionize.
Organizations: NLRB, Amazon Locations: Alabama, U.S, Delaware
Why this former NLRB chairman says Amazon diluted the yes vote
  + stars: | 2021-04-09 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy this former NLRB chairman says Amazon diluted the yes voteMark Gastone Pearce, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and current visiting professor and executive director of the worker’s rights institute at Georgetown Law, join 'Power Lunch' to discuss if he's surprised the majority of Amazon workers voted no to forming a union.
Persons: Mark Gastone Pearce, he's Organizations: National Labor Relations Board, Georgetown Law, Amazon
But the election is only the beginning of what could be a prolonged legal dispute over the outcome of the vote. But Amazon would have to prove that any misconduct was likely to convince workers to vote in favor of the union or abstain. CAN AMAZON SHUT DOWN THE BESSEMER WAREHOUSE? After the election, RWDSU has the same legal options as Amazon: it could challenge the eligibility of individual voters or allege that coercive conduct by Amazon tainted the election. In the latter case, the dispute would play out before the NLRB and then likely in a federal appeals court.
Persons: RWDSU, Roger King, Organizations: Reuters, National Labor Relations Board, Inc, Wholesale, Department Store Union, NLRB, HR, Association, IF AMAZON, Amazon Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, United States, Mississippi, Bessemer
Amazon union election tally expected to start, turnout 55%
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Dustin Chambers?/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to start tallying votes in Amazon.com Inc’s closely watched union election in Alabama later on Thursday or early Friday, union officials said. The elections had voter turnout of about 55% the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said in a statement on Wednesday. More than 3,200 mail ballots were received by the U.S.National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in an election open toover 5,800 workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama,the union said. The workers are voting on whether to join theRWDSU and have their warehouse be the first Amazon facility everto unionize in the United States. By comparison, 432 other mail-ballot elections frommid-March 2020 through September 2020 saw turnout of 72%,according to data disclosed by the NLRB in a decision last year.In the nearly six months prior to that — pre-dating the COVID-19outbreak in the United States — mail-ballot turnout was 55%, theNLRB decision document said.
Persons: Dustin Chambers, Amazon.com Inc’s Organizations: REUTERS, Amazon.com, Wholesale, Department Store Union, U.S.National Labor Relations Board, theRWDSU, NLRB Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, U.S, Alabama, Amazon’s, United States
Amazon union election in Alabama has 55% voter turnout
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )(Reuters) -Amazon.com Inc’s closely watched union election in Alabama had voter turnout of about 55%, and the public vote tally is expected to begin as early as Thursday afternoon, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said in a statement. More than 3,200 mail ballots were received by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in an election open to over 5,800 workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the union said. The workers are voting on whether to join the RWDSU and have their warehouse be the first Amazon facility ever to unionize in the United States. In the nearly six months prior to that — pre-dating the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States — mail-ballot turnout was 55%, the NLRB decision document said. The public vote count is expected to begin Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, the RWDSU said.
Persons: Inc’s Organizations: Wholesale, Department Store Union, U.S . National Labor Relations Board, NLRB Locations: Alabama, Amazon’s, Bessemer , Alabama, United States
The NLRB has counted 3,215 votes in Amazon employees' historic union vote in Bessemer, Alabama. RWDSU, the union under which employees would unionize, said Amazon challenged hundreds of ballots. A total of 3,215 employees at Amazon's fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, cast ballots in a closely watched vote over whether to unionize, according to a press release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The warehouse has more than 5,800 employees, meaning roughly 55% of employees voted. In the contentious union vote, Amazon has repeatedly contested aspects of the voting process to the NLRB, which denied the company's request to install cameras monitoring the ballot room in the NLRB's Birmingham office.
Organizations: NLRB, RWDSU, Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, Union Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, NLRB's Birmingham
Amazon union drive in Alabama sees 55% voter turnout
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Annie Palmer | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
People protest in support of the unionizing efforts of the Alabama Amazon workers, in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2021. More than 3,200 ballots were cast in a high stakes union election at one of Amazon's Alabama warehouses, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The election was open to more than 5,800 employees at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, who are voting whether to join the RWDSU. With 3,215 total ballots cast, that resulted in a turnout rate of roughly 55%, which is higher than what the RWDSU initially estimated. However, Amazon has maintained that it doesn't need a union to come between it and its workers.
Organizations: Alabama Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Workers, Amazon, NLRB, Bessemer Locations: Los Angeles , California, Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama, Bessemer, U.S
Amazon pushed the USPS to install mailbox at one of its warehouses, according to emails obtained by a union. Over the past seven weeks, employees have been voting whether to form the first Amazon union in the US. The emails could have an impact on the union vote at the warehouse after they were obtained by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), the Post reports. The group is working to represent nearly 6,000 Amazon employees at the Alabama site, in a historic union battle that could set a precedent for other companies. Prior to the installation of the mailbox, the NLRB rejected the company's request for employees to vote in-person at the warehouse.
Persons: Stuart Appelbaum, Appelbaum Organizations: Amazon, US Postal Service, The Washington Post, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, ., National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, Washington Post, USPS, Unit, Postal Service Locations: Bessemer, AL, Alabama
Amazon leads in early counting of union election at Alabama warehouse
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Annie Palmer | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
An RWDSU union rep holds a sign outside the Amazon fulfillment warehouse at the center of a unionization drive on March 29, 2021 in Bessemer, Alabama. Approximately 5,800 workers at the Bessemer warehouse, known as BHM1, were eligible to cast ballots to decide whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. In November, workers at the Bessemer facility filed notice to hold a union election. For many years, major unions including the Teamsters, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union and the RWDSU have quietly been talking to Amazon workers about organizing. They've long faced steep challenges organizing Amazon workers in the U.S., where none of the company's warehouses are unionized, while unions are common among Amazon's workforce in Europe.
Persons: Joe Biden, BHM1, Jennifer Bates, Ora McClendon, McClendon Organizations: Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, NLRB, Teamsters, United Food & Commercial Workers Union, International Association of Machinists, Aerospace Workers, Bessemer Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Amazon's, U.S, Washington, Europe, Delaware, Amazon
The NLRB has paused its counting of Amazon employees' votes over whether to unionize. The NLRB expects to resume counting the votes Friday, but the results will likely be challenged. Votes against forming a union at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, lead by a more than 2-1 margin after the first day of counting ballots. The National Labor Relations Board paused its public counting of Amazon employees' ballots shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday with the anti-union votes leading 1,100 to 463. Per NLRB rules for union votes, both Amazon and the RWDSU can file objections within five days of the conclusion of the count.
Persons: unionizing, Stuart Appelbaum, John Logan, Heather Knox, Logan, Amazon's, wouldn't, Read Organizations: NLRB, National Labor Relations Board, Retail, Wholesale, Department, Union, Amazon, San Francisco State University, Washington Post, United States Postal Service, USPS, Post Office Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Birmingham , Alabama, Alabama
Amazon pushed USPS to install mailbox at a warehouse, according to emails obtained by a union. Over the past seven weeks, employees have been voting whether to form the first Amazon union in the US. The emails could have an influence on the union vote at the warehouse after they were obtained by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), The Post reported. The group is working to represent nearly 6,000 Amazon employees at the Alabama site in a historic union battle that could set a precedent for other companies. Before the installation of the mailbox, the NLRB rejected the company's request for employees to vote in person at the warehouse.
Persons: John Logan, Stuart Appelbaum, Appelbaum Organizations: Amazon, US Postal Service, The Washington Post, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Post, Amazon ., National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, Washington Post, USPS, Unit, Postal Service, San Francisco State University Locations: Bessemer, Alabama
Why the Amazon union vote is taking so long and what could come next
  + stars: | 2021-04-06 | by ( Annie Palmer | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The RWDSU has already heard from more than 1,000 U.S. Amazon workers who are eager to organize. With ballots mailed in and vote counting underway, it may seem that Amazon and the union are nearing the finish line in the election. Here's what to expect as the union election continues:What's happening nowA week ago Tuesday, the first stage of counting kicked off via a private video conference. Amazon disputed claims that "The Offer" is related to the union vote in Bessemer. People protest in support of the unionizing efforts of the Alabama Amazon workers, in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2021.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, Patrick T, Fallon, Mark Pearce, Obama, Pearce, Heather Knox, Lucy Nicholson Organizations: Getty, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations, Reuters, NLRB, Inc, AFP, Workers ' Rights Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, Amazon, CNBC, Alabama Amazon Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, U.S, Bessemer, North America, Los Angeles , California
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