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The union working with employees will file objections against Amazon's "blatantly illegal actions." Companies are accused of illegal union activity in more than 41% of union drives, according to data. The RWDSU is the union that Amazon workers would join if they vote in favor of a union. According to experts, the battle between Amazon and the RWDSU is playing out like many other union drives. Companies are accused of illegal anti-union activity in more than 40% of union drivesCharges are filed accusing employers of illegal anti-union activity in 41.5% of all union election campaigns, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Persons: Amazon's, RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Read, Appelbaum, EPI, John Logan, Celine McNicholas, , McNicholas Organizations: Amazon, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, gaslight, US Postal Service, Washington Post, USPS, Economic, Institute, San Francisco State University, Economic Policy Institute Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Bessemer, Alabama
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 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
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
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
Vote count in pivotal Amazon union election likely to start next week
  + stars: | 2021-03-31 | by ( Jeffrey Dastin | Mike Spector | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. Another source with direct knowledge of the plan said earlier that the count is expected to begin Friday or early next week. Amazon has said in a statement: “Our employees know the truth—starting wages of $15 or more, health care from day one, and a safe and inclusive workplace. We encouraged all of our employees to vote and hope they did so.”RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum has said: “This campaign has already been a victory in many ways. Even though we don’t know how the vote will turn out, we believe we have opened the door to more organizing around the country.”
Persons: Mike Segar, ” RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Organizations: REUTERS, Workers, Inc, U.S . National Labor Relations Board, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Walmart Inc, Amazon Locations: Manhattan, New York City, Alabama, United States, Bessemer, America’s
Ballot review enters second day in landmark Amazon union election
  + stars: | 2021-03-31 | by ( Jeffrey Dastin | Mike Spector | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc’s landmark union election was set to resume Wednesday morning with a second session of reviewing ballots from employees in Alabama, who are deciding whether to organize one of the company’s U.S. warehouses for the first time. Amazon has said in a statement: “Our employees know the truth—starting wages of $15 or more, health care from day one, and a safe and inclusive workplace. We encouraged all of our employees to vote and hope they did so.”RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum has said: “This campaign has already been a victory in many ways. Even though we don’t know how the vote will turn out, we believe we have opened the door to more organizing around the country.”
Persons: Mike Segar, ” RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Organizations: REUTERS, Inc’s, U.S . National Labor Relations Board, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Walmart Inc, Amazon Locations: Manhattan, New York City, Alabama, U.S, Bessemer, America’s
FILE PHOTO: Aerial view of the Amazon facility where workers will vote on whether to unionize, in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S., March 5, 2021. A vote-count battle between Amazon and the union may ensue over the validity of former employees’ ballots, Reuters previously reported. “So if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring,” Clark tweeted. Sanders, responding on Twitter, questioned why so much money has been spent to discourage union organizing for better pay, conditions and benefits.
Persons: Dustin Chambers, Wilma Liebman, Obama, ” Liebman, , Amazon, , ” RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Dave Clark, Sanders, ” Clark Organizations: Reuters, Amazon.com, U.S . National Labor Relations, Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Walmart Inc, Vermont Democrat, Twitter Locations: Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama, U.S, Amazon’s Bessemer , Alabama, United States, Washington . U.S, Vermont
(Reuters) - The National Labor Relations Board’s review of ballots from Amazon.com Inc’s landmark union election in Alabama will continue on Wednesday, with momentum for future labor organizing at America’s second-largest private employer hanging in the balance. “Amazon is right to be worried.”In a statement, Amazon said, “Our employees know the truth—starting wages of $15 or more, health care from day one, and a safe and inclusive workplace. A vote-count battle between Amazon and the union may ensue over the validity of former employees’ ballots, Reuters previously reported. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring,” Clark tweeted. Sanders, responding on Twitter, questioned why so much money has been spent to discourage union organizing for better pay, conditions and benefits.
Persons: Tuesday’s, Wilma Liebman, Obama, ” Liebman, , Amazon, , ” RWDSU, Stuart Appelbaum, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Dave Clark, Sanders, ” Clark Organizations: Reuters, National Labor Relations, Inc’s, Labor, Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Walmart Inc, Vermont Democrat, Twitter Locations: Alabama, Amazon’s Bessemer , Alabama, United States, Washington . U.S, Vermont
The NLRB denied a request from Amazon to set up cameras watching the ballots for a historic union election. The ballots of workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are slated to be counted this week. The National Labor Review Board denied a request by Amazon to set up cameras watching the ballot boxes as votes began to be counted in the company's Bessemer, AL union vote. The NLRB denied the company's request to have an in-person vote, instead requiring that the company comply with mail-in voting, Insider reported in February. The vote on whether Bessemer workers will join the RWDSU closed on March 29, and the RWDSU told Insider last week that it hopes to have a result by Sunday, April 4.
Organizations: NLRB, National Labor, Board, Amazon, CNBC, Birmingham, Retail Wholesale Department Store Union, RWDSU Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Bessemer, Alabama
Insider spoke with two warehouse workers about their fight against Amazon's anti-union tactics. Six thousand warehouse workers in Alabama could soon decide the future of a $1.5 trillion tech giant and its 560,000 employees worldwide. At those meetings, workers watched anti-union videos, and, after one of them, Richardson was kept behind by a manager. The contract was from a poultry plant and had nothing to do with Amazon, Highsmith told Insider. On March 9, the RWDSU said it had received enquiries from more than a thousand Amazon workers around the country since voting in Bessemer began.
Persons: Darryl Richardson, Richardson, Chelsea Connor, it's, Jennifer Bates, Bates, Joe Biden, Sens, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Danny Glover, John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, Catherine Highsmith, Highsmith, Isobel Asher Hamilton, , Dustin Chambers Highsmith, RWDSU Amazon's, Amazon, Amazon's, Connor, Sellers, " Highsmith, He's Organizations: Amazon's, Amazon, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Alexa, Workers, Staff, Washington Post, REUTERS, National Labor Relations Board, USPS, Union, doer, Bessemer, National Labor Relations Locations: Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama, Amazon's Bessemer, Bessemer, Jefferson, Queens
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