(CNN Business) Amazon has soundly defeated a landmark union drive that would have established the company's first US union, but labor advocates are hopeful that the high-profile fight will nonetheless be successful in spurring support for broader change.
In the final vote tally, 1,798 workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted against unionization while 738 voted to unionize.
It includes provisions that would make it easier for workers to form unions, and it would empower the National Labor Relations Board to levy fines against employers for labor rights violations, a power it currently lacks.
"The election in Bessemer demonstrated that under current labor law it is almost impossible for workers to unionize.
There will be growing pressure on lawmakers to redress the balance and allow workers to win a voice on the job," Rebecca Givan, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations told CNN Business.
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