Amazon’s historic union vote could now be “overturned”

Amazon’s conduct during its landmark union vote this month “could be grounds for overturning the vote” according to the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB).

Earlier this month Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted decisively against forming the first ever Amazon workers union in the US, voting 1798 to 738 against unionisation.

Despite the seemingly overwhelming decision the NLRB, which has overturned numerous union election votes in the past, said evidence submitted by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) could yet see a do-over of vote.

Since the vote, the RWDSU has submitted nearly two dozen challenges to Amazon’s conduct during the election, accusing the retailer of threatening to close the warehouse if workers unionised.

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The NLRB’s ruling that there could be grounds for overturing has paved the way for a hearing in which the objections can be considered, set to take place on May 7.

Amazon has denied all allegations that it prevented employees from a “free and uncoerced exercise of choice”.

In response to the allegations levelled by the RWDSU, Amazon told Reuters: “The fact is that less than 16 per cent of employees at BHM1 voted to join a union.

“Rather than accepting these employees’ choice, 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.”

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