Amazon will have to repeat the union elections held at its fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, back in April. According to Politico, Lisa Henderson, director of the National Labor Relations Committee (NLRB) of Region 10, ordered the e-commerce giant to hold another vote mainly due to the fact that Amazon had installed a U.S. mailbox in front of a ballot collection warehouse.
The election results were 1,798 to 738, and workers voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Following the announcement of these results, RWDSU filed 23 objections, accusing the company of meddling in the elections. One of those complaints pointed out that Amazon had installed the ballot box without the approval of the NLRB and given the security cameras that made the workers feel under surveillance. The Labor Relations Committee sided with the union and found that Amazon had interfered in the election by installing a mailbox and offering employees anti-union badges and signs.
Henderson wrote in documents ordering new elections:
“By forcing the Postman to install a mailbox cluster, communicating and encouraging employees to vote using the mailbox, wrapping the mailbox with its slogan and placing the mailbox in a location where employees can reasonably believe they are under surveillance, the Employer engaged in unacceptable behavior that justifies reversing .
The employer’s flagrant disregard for the typical postal voting procedure has compromised the board’s authority and prevented free and fair elections. “
Amazon has, of course, criticized the NLRB’s decision. In a statement sent to Washington Postsaid spokeswoman Kelly Nantel in a statement:
“Our employees have always had a choice whether to join the union or not, and most have decided not to join RWDSU earlier this year. It is disappointing that the NLRB has now decided not to count those votes.”
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