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Amazon workers in Alabama will be able to vote again on union formation


The American labor law agency (NLRB) on Monday ordered the organization of a new vote on the creation or not of a union in a ...

The US labor law agency (NLRB) on Monday ordered a new vote on whether or not to create a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, arguing that the e-commerce giant had broken the rules in an election earlier this year.

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This decision, transmitted to AFP by a spokesperson for the agency, follows several appeals filed by the union RWDSU, which had accused Amazon of

"illegal behavior"

following the failure of a first attempt at unionization. in the spring at the Bessemer site. The NLRB official at the local level ruled that several objections from the union were admissible, including the installation of a letterbox in the warehouse parking lot by Amazon. It therefore ordered the cancellation of the vote concluded in April and the organization of a new election, without however determining the date or the conditions of the new ballot.

This decision "

confirms what we said from the beginning - that bullying and Amazon interference prevented the workers to have a say as to whether they wanted a union at their workplace"

, Union president Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement.

“As (the NLRB regional official) said, this is both unacceptable and illegal,”

he added.

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer rejected creation of union, believed to have been the first to emerge at a company site in the United States, after intense campaigning .

The small town of Alabama had received much attention at the time, with the vote seeing support for union workers - artists, Democratic and Republican parliamentarians, and even President Joe Biden - and Amazon, whose business flourished during the pandemic.

The group did not respond immediately to a request from AFP on Monday.

Amazon is currently facing a group of workers in a New York warehouse also seeking to form a union.

Starbucks also faces a demand for unionization

The NLRB move also comes as another large American company, the Starbucks coffeehouse chain, is also engaged in a bitter fight over the unionization of three coffee shops in Buffalo, in the north of the country.

The management deployed significant resources to convince the employees of these three establishments to vote against the creation of a union.

They have until December 8 to return their ballot, the count will take place on the 9th.

Source: lefigaro

All business articles on 2021-11-29

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