Vote-Counting to Start in US Amazon Unionization Push
April 08, 2021
Vote-counting is set to begin Thursday or Friday on the question of whether
Amazon.com warehouse workers at a facility in the southern U.S. state of Alabama
would join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
The RWDSU said Wednesday the U.S. National Labor Relations Board had received
more than 3,200 votes in the election that was open to 5,800 workers at Amazonís
warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.
the measure is approved, the warehouse would be the first Amazon facility to
unionize in the United States.
Those pushing for unionization say they want improved working conditions, more
break time, opportunities for advancement and better pay.
Amazon says opening the facility in Bessemer brought thousands of jobs to the
area with starting salaries more than twice the minimum wage in Alabama along
with health care and retirement benefits.
This is not the first push for collective bargaining at Amazon. In 2014,
machinists at a warehouse in Delaware voted more than 3-to-1 against
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