An Amazon-sponsored billboard urging employees to return their union votes can be seen in Bessemer, Alabama on March 28, 2021.
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The National Labor Relations Board will begin counting ballots again on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET in the historic union election at one of Amazon’s warehouses in Alabama.
With roughly half the ballots counted, Amazon retained a dominant lead in the elections on Thursday. Of the 3,215 ballots cast, 1,100 were against union formation and 463 were in support. With the results, Amazon was more than 2: 1 ahead of the retail, wholesale and department store union.
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The National Labor Relations Board has counted no more than a thousand ballots. Each vote is counted individually by hand at the NLRB office in Birmingham, Alabama.
There are also roughly 500 challenged ballots that are not counted, the RWDSU confirmed to CNBC. Amazon was challenging the ballot papers at a rate of almost 4: 1, the union added. News of the number of controversial ballots was first reported by Reuters.
The NLRB informed CNBC that it would not publish the total number of contested ballots until after the count is complete.
The ballot papers could play a big role if the union can reclaim enough votes to determine where the contested ballots would affect the election result. The NLRB would then initiate legal proceedings to determine whether to count the contested ballots, which could take many days or weeks.
RWDSU is fighting to represent approximately 5,800 workers in the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama known as BHM1. The union elections have become one of the most important organizing campaigns in recent history. Working groups have been closely monitoring the campaign in the hope that it will kick-start organizing efforts across the country in a year’s time Decline in membership in private sector unions.
Regardless of the outcome, the losing side is expected to question the election results. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum signaled on Thursday that the union is already ready to take this step. Appelbaum asked the NLRB to investigate Amazon’s voting behavior, including Expectations that it wrongly urged the U.S. Postal Service to install a mailbox in Bessemer’s warehouse.
“Our system is broken, Amazon has taken full advantage of it, and we will ask the labor authority to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and outrageous behavior during the campaign,” said Appelbaum. “But make no mistake. This is still an important moment for the working people and their voices are heard.”
Amazon said it installed the mailbox for employee convenience and added that only the USPS would have access to the mailbox.
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