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Amazon violated US labor law in Alabama union vote, official labor rules

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officials recommended that workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, hold new elections because Amazon violated US labor law. New York Times I am reporting. This is only a tentative decision yet, but it provides hope that workers may be able to participate in retail, wholesale and department store unions (RWDSU).

Fulfillment center workers last April Voted against Union with a margin of 2 to 1 or more. However, after voting, RWDSU Alleged Amazon won because it “interfered” with the right of employees to “vote for free and fair elections,” that is, the right protected by Article 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.

RWDSU has filed a total of 23 complaints, including one complaint from the NLRB Regional Director that Amazon has installed a ballot collection box in employee parking lots “without permission.” He said the box was placed under the sight of Amazon’s security cameras, creating a “surveillance impression.”

NLRB officials supported the union, saying Amazon violated US labor law. “Through NLRB hearings, we heard compelling evidence that Amazon attempted to tort and intimidate workers when they attempted to exercise their right to form a union,” said Stuart, union president. -Aperbaum said in a statement. “We support the Inquisitor’s recommendation that the NLRB set aside the election results and lead a new election.”

However, Amazon has challenged the decision and said it will take steps to ensure that the first vote is taken. An Amazon spokeswoman said, “Our employees have the opportunity to listen during the noisy times when voices of all kinds are involved in national debates, and in the end, they are overwhelmed by their direct connections with their managers. I voted in favor of it. ” “Their voices should be heard above all else, and we will urge them to do so,” he said in a statement.

This decision has no legal effect until the Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau of the NLRB has given a full ruling. This can take up to a month. In the meantime, the parties can file exceptions.

Since Bessemer’s vote, the Amazon situation has caught the attention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has created a special department focused on organizing Amazon delivery drivers. Amazon is Working conditions Both the driver and the warehouse worker New York Times I will report earlier this year.

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