The Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (or RWDSU) has filed objections against Amazon with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the company has again interfered with its election in Bessemer, Alabama (via CNBC).
In a press release, the union alleges that the company “threatened an employee with plant closure if the union was voted for,” prohibited employees from posting pro-union fliers, and “engaged in surveillance and/or created the impression surveillance of employees engaged in protected concerted activities. activities”, among many other things. The union is asking the NLRB to schedule a hearing on its objections to determine whether the results of Bessemer’s second election should be overturned and a new election held.
The complaint, which you can read in full below, is about Amazon’s behavior during union elections that concluded last month. The end the result of that election is currently unknown — while votes were counted from 993 to 875 against unionization, there were more than 400 contested ballots. As a result, the outcome depends on a hearing that has not yet been scheduled.
The election now being contested was held as a redo, after the RWDSU lost a previous election by a margin of almost two to one last year. The NLRB found that Amazon interfered with the first election in Bessemer, and ordered a new one.
In a statement, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said, “We urge the NLRB to carefully review our objections and ensure that no company, even with the bottomless pockets of Amazon, can act above the law.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to the edgecomment request.
Amazon has faced similar accusations before, outside of Bessemer. In January, the NLRB filed a complaint against Amazon, saying he threatened, surveilled and intimidated workers during the Staten Island union drive, and prevented organizers from distributing flyers. The agency also suing the company for firing Gerald Bryson, an organizer for the Amazon Workers Union, and is trying to end the practice of “captive public” meetings.
This means the results of both Amazon unionization elections are currently being called into question: On Thursday, Amazon said he intended to object for the victory of the Amazon Workers Union in New York. The result of that election was much more decisive; Workers at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse voted to unionize, 2,654 to 2,131.