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Amazon Violated Labor Law in Alabama Union Drive, NLRB Rules, Setting Stage for New Election

HeadlineNov 30, 2021

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Amazon violated U.S. labor law as it fought a unionization campaign by warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, earlier this year. The ruling sets the stage for a new union election sometime in the next several months. More than 70% of workers who cast ballots in a union election in February voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The union says the vote failed after an aggressive campaign of intimidation, interference and surveillance by Amazon managers. On Monday, the NLRB agreed, ruling that Amazon worked illegally with the U.S. Postal Service to install a collection box at the warehouse one day before the voting was set to begin. Amazon managers then pressured workers to drop their ballots in the new collection box, casting doubt over the secrecy of the election.

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