Majority of Amazon Bessemer workers vote, union election results on their way

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Out of Alabama: We’re so clowill be to learn the results from historical union election in Bessemer from Amazon, AWarehouse L. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU) reports that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) received 3,125 ballots. This means that a majority of around 5,800 workers voted.

No, the vote count is not yet complete. The NLRB expects the public portion of the tally, visible to journalists and some observers via video call, to begin this afternoon. We don’t know how long it will take, but it’s safe to assume that the countdown will span several hours. Each of the more than 3,000 ballots will be counted by hand, one at a time.

As stated previously, some voters could have been ineligible participate, for example, former employees. Under labor law, Amazon is the only party to provide the list of names eligible for election. The company provided the voters list to the NLRB and the union was able to contact those on the list before the count.

Mardi, privately with NLRB, observers (Amazon and RWDSU included) were allowed to dispute the names on each Not open poll on grounds, for example, for eligibility or if the voters’ names match the list provided by Amazon. Contested ballots are set aside, and a regional director of the NLRB can arbitrate each individually after the public count. the NLRB did not share how many ballots were contested, but that pool could tip the election, depending on the volume. Observers may further challenge each ballot during this process.

The union needs 50 percent, plus one vote, to win.

But if the number of disputed ballots is quite substantial – say a stack of 1,000 disputed ballots – a regional director of the NLRB will hold a hearing. They will then decide on the validity of each ballot, either by rejecting it or by adding it for each side.

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The next process could take months. We have an explanatory here.

The postal election lasted about two months, during which time Amazon assembled an expensive group of anti-union consultants and one broadcast a agitprop sweep via text message posters, shippers, Annonces Twitchand captive audience met. RWDSU said Wired that Amazon photographed the ID badges of workers who challenged specious anti-union allegations.

Once the public count has begun, the NLRB will disclose the number of already disputed ballots.

Results are expected maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe Monday, maybe far in the future. We will keep you posted.

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