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Amazon union election in Alabama has 55% voter turnout

Stock MarketsApr 07, 2021 09:45PM ET
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(Reuters) -Amazon.com Inc's closely watched union election in Alabama had voter turnout of about 55%, and the public vote tally is expected to begin as early as Thursday afternoon, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said in a statement.

More than 3,200 mail ballots were received by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in an election open to over 5,800 workers at Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)'s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the union said. The workers are voting on whether to join the RWDSU and have their warehouse be the first Amazon facility ever to unionize in the United States.

According to the RWDSU, hundreds of ballots were challenged "mostly by the employer." Ballots can be challenged by the union, Amazon or the NLRB if they were believed to have been tampered, fraudulent or from a worker ineligible to vote.

Amazon and the NLRB both did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

By comparison, 432 other mail-ballot elections from mid-March 2020 through September 2020 saw turnout of 72%, according to data disclosed by the NLRB in a decision last year. In the nearly six months prior to that — pre-dating the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States — mail-ballot turnout was 55%, the NLRB decision document said.

The public vote count is expected to begin Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, the RWDSU said.

Amazon union election in Alabama has 55% voter turnout
 

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Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Apr 08, 2021 6:14AM ET
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Funny how Americans think only on how much money get or benefits of some kind. Don't forget that, and I know Amazon internally, will be important the balance of power than the money involved. People's life is more important than money and Amazon don't respect that. At all.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Apr 07, 2021 11:11PM ET
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Just have the unions count the votes, then determine how many will be printed to win @ 50.01 percent
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 07, 2021 11:11PM ET
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Baby need his bottle?
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 07, 2021 10:05PM ET
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Since we’re young we are taught that it’s good to go to school or learn new skills to progress in work and life. Then unions come along and tell us not to bother, we’ll force the employer to give you more. One of our biggest freedoms is to choose our work, but that comes with the freedom to leave if we don’t like it.
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Peteymcletey Apr 07, 2021 9:49PM ET
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Did they have to show ID?
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So "the employer", Amazon thought mail-in ballots had potential for fraud... priceless.
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Each attendee was presented with a pink slip.
 
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