Amazon just lost its bid to require in-person voting for a union election in Alabama
- Amazon's bid to require in-person votes in union election in Alabama was denied by the
- Thousands of
workersin Alabama will soon begin mailing in ballots for the election.
- If successful, the union would be
Amazon's first in the United States.
"Amazon's blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own workforce was demonstrated yet again by its insistence for an in-person election in the middle of the pandemic," he said press release. "Today's decision proves that it's long past time that Amazon start respecting its own employees; and allow them to cast their votes without intimidation and interference."In a statement, the company said it was diappointed by the board's decision. "Amazon proposed a safe on-site election process validated by COVID-19 experts that would have empowered our associates to vote on their way to, during and from their already scheduled shifts," Amazon spokesperson Heather Knox said in an emailed statement to Insider. "We will continue to insist on measures for a fair election that allows for a majority of our employee voices to be heard."
pave a path to unionization at other Amazon locations across the country, according to Reuters. The company is the second-largest private employer in the US, after Walmart, with 1.3 million workers. The e-commerce giant has long avoided unionization. This week, the company posted an anti-union message in the bathroom that read "where will your dues go?" One employee felt harassed, according to the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos.
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