Retail Union Accuses Amazon of Interfering in Alabama Union Vote

The retail union that failed to organize Amazon workers at a Bessemer, Alabama plant says there’s a reason: Amazon itself.

The union alleges that Amazon illegally interfered in the process and, as such, the results should be thrown out.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is accusing Amazon of having illegally interfered in a union election and filed formal objections to federal labor officials. It alleged Amazon repeatedly engaged in conduct that prevented a “free and fair” union election at one of its Alabama warehouses and that the company fired a pro-union employee.

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In its complaint, the RWDSU listed 23 objections surrounding Amazon’s behavior during the months-long campaign, including allegations of employee intimidation and manipulation.

Two Bessemer, Alabama employees previously told CNBC that Amazon had threatened loss of benefits and pay if the union was voted in.

Employes at a Bessemer, Alabama warehouse overwhelmingly rejected unionization, with fewer than 30% in favor of joining the RWDSU.

Amazon spokeswoman Heather Knox addressed the claims, writing in a statement that: “The fact is that less than 16% of employees at BHM1 voted to join a union. Rather than accepting these employees’ choices, the union seems determined to continue misrepresenting the facts in order to drive its own agenda. We look forward to the next steps in the legal process.”

Shares of Amazon (AMZN) ended Monday 0.81%, a loss of $27.43, to close the day at $3,372.01 per share.


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