There are already allegations of ‘dirty tricks’ by the company that will be contested …
The YUGE company is strongly fighting labor and unionization of its almost million workers across the country….
Amazon has won a victory in its hard-fought campaign to stop workers at an Alabama warehouse forming the company’s first union, in a tough blow for the US labor movement.
Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, plant have voted 1,798 to 738 so far to reject the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Although counting is still going on, that number is enough to hand Amazon the win.
The union immediately said it would launch a legal challenge to the outcome, which is likely to look at the high number of contested ballots, and union allegations of unfair tactics during the campaign.
The fight to form a union in the warehouse in Bessemer, a suburb north of Birmingham, we eagerly watched by America’s labor movement as one of its most important battles in recent history. Some 5,800 workers were eligible to vote on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union as the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the US.
The union’s struggle has attracted the support of a raft of leftwing politicians and some Republicans eager to court working-class voters. But Amazon had fiercely resisted the effort.
Amazon is the US’s second largest private employer after Walmart, with 950,000 employees, the majority of whom work in its massive warehouses, which have been the subject of numerous reports of hazardous and gruelingworking conditions.
The union drive was the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995, and workers faced fierce lobbying from both sides ahead of the vote….