The union accused Amazon of illegally threatening employees to reduce benefits and undermining the integrity of the election.
An official of the U.S. Labor Commission suggested that the landmark Amazon company union election be held in Alabama, and employees voted by an overwhelming majority against making their warehouse the first organized online retailer in the United States.
An unnamed board official said on Monday that in the next few weeks, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will decide whether to order a re-host based on this recommendation.
The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) refused to join earlier this year with an advantage of more than 2 to 1. The union stated that Amazon illegally threatened employees to reduce benefits and compromised the integrity of the election through its fixed ballot boxes outside. storehouse.
A person familiar with the matter said that the labor officials’ proposal to support the new election focused on the issue of the collection box. Reuters said it has not seen a copy of the recommendation, and officials from the Labor Committee said the recommendation may be announced on Tuesday.
According to Bloomberg News, at the NLRB hearing, an employee said that Amazon security personnel used a key to open the mailbox, and the testimony of former NLRB chairman Wilma Liebman (Wilma Liebman) may be sufficient to overturn the results.
Amazon said it could not access outgoing mail and asked the postal service to install mailboxes to increase voter turnout in union elections.
The labor committee has the right to declare the election results invalid in response to actions that may change the results and prevent employees from freely choosing whether to join the union, which may even create the impression of management monitoring or intervention during the voting process.
Amazon said it plans to appeal.
“Our employees have the opportunity to be heard during a noisy period when various voices dominate the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted by an overwhelming majority in favor of establishing direct contact with their managers and companies,” Amazon Said in a statement.
RWDSU Chairman Stuart Appelbaum welcomed the proposal on Monday and said: “The question of whether to form a union should be the decision of the workers, not the employer.”
During the three-week hearing in May, RWDSU argued that Amazon improperly affected voting by forcing employees to throw ballots into mailboxes when they saw warehouse cameras, which created a sense of surveillance that is prohibited by the US labor law. RWDSU has stated that Amazon also improperly decorated information related to its anti-union movement in the tent around the mailbox.
Amazon said that the installation of mailboxes is to allow nearly 6,000 eligible voters to easily choose to return their ballots, and the tent can protect workers from the camera, earlier than the collection box.
The proposal casts doubt on Amazon’s victory over union efforts in a race equivalent to the frustration of the American labor movement. The organization’s activities of the union were secretly supported by US President Joe Biden and lawmakers including Senator Bernie Sanders, who visited the warehouse.
US labor law prohibits companies from threatening to cut benefits or close facilities when workers support unions. The law also prohibits them from monitoring organization activities or giving employees the impression that they are being monitored.
Despite this, employers such as Amazon have extensive legal leeway in actively carrying out campaign activities, including requiring employees to participate in mandatory meetings, which has a negative impact on unions. Amazon convened such meetings, sent text messages to employees, and even displayed campaign materials in at least one restroom booth in the Alabama warehouse.