Amazon accused of interfering in Alabama union re-election

Deepak Gupta February 22, 2022
Updated 2022/02/22 at 11:16 PM

The union that wants to represent workers at Amazon’s BHM1 facility in Bessemer, Alabama, is accusing the company of yet again violating the National Labor Relations Act. In an email the Union of Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores (RWDSU) sent on Tuesday, it said it would file Unfair Labor Practice charges against the retailer.

Specifically, the organization alleges that Amazon broke the law by removing pro-union posters placed by BAmazon members and implementing a new rule that limits the amount of time workers can spend inside the facility to 30 minutes before and after their shift. . In addition, RWDSU alleges that Amazon forced workers to attend anti-union meetings. If the NLRB finds Amazon’s actions violated the law, the union could challenge the outcome of the second election underway at BHM1. That vote is scheduled to end on March 28.

“While we have not yet seen today’s filing, we are confident that our teams have fully complied with the law. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work,” Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for Amazon, told Ploonge.

Last April, BHM1 became the first major Amazon facility in the US to hold a union vote. While workers there voted, RWDSU went on to successfully contest the vote. The NLRB ruled that the company had the vote and called for a rerun of the election to be held. Whether Amazon wins or loses the second election in Bessemer, it could be months before the NLRB makes a decision on RWDSU’s latest allegations. This could set the stage for a protracted labor battle at the facility.

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