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Union's evidence in Amazon vote 'could be grounds for overturning election', U.S. Labor Board says

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By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Evidence submitted by a retail union that raised objections to Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN)'s conduct at this month's union election in Alabama "could be grounds for overturning the vote", the National Labor Relations Board said on Wednesday.

The labor board has overturned several union elections over the years. In 2016, the board overturned an election the United Steelworks union lost by a decisive vote - a decision criticized by large U.S. business lobbies.

The NLRB will hold a hearing on May 7 to consider objections filed by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which failed to secure enough votes from Amazon warehouse workers to form a union. The vote count announced on April 9 showed that workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse rejected the union by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

"The evidence submitted by the union in support of its objections could be grounds for overturning the election if introduced at a hearing," the labor board said.

The RWDSU submitted nearly two dozen objections to Amazon's conduct during the election, which it said prevented employees from a "free and uncoerced exercise of choice" on whether to create the company's first U.S. union.

The RWDSU alleged that Amazon's agents unlawfully threatened employees with closure of the warehouse if they joined the union and that the company emailed a warning it would lay off 75% of the proposed bargaining unit because of the union.

Amazon, which has denied the allegations, did not respond to requests for comment.

For much of its history, the NLRB has used its decision-making authority to change labor policy by establishing new precedents. The board has repeatedly overturned cases decided by prior administrations. Under the Trump administration, it overturned cases detrimental to employers which had been decided during the preceding Obama presidency.

Union's evidence in Amazon vote 'could be grounds for overturning election', U.S. Labor Board says
 

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Ryan Miskowiec
Ryan Miskowiec Apr 29, 2021 7:38AM ET
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I've worked in an Amazon warehouse, they are moving closer and closer to automation. Putting pressure on AMZN to pay more for labor will 100% just expedite layoffs and their margins will soar. Myopic smooth brains.
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mov Inc yes comrade unions give to munch power to workers unless unions are owned by the corporate state. Workers interests must be controlled. having independent unions controlled by workers is a danger to internel order and the power structure of the state. 5 day work weeks, paid holidays, paid vacations, overtime pay, health insurance, retirement benefits and workplace safety rules are all unnecessary to satisfy the needs of the corporate state. Putin agrees and so should you.
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Amon Inv Apr 28, 2021 11:04PM ET
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Of course if the union won the vote they would not stand for a disputed result by Amazon.Down with unions!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 28, 2021 10:38PM ET
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What’s the point of voting? If u win, they overturn. Dems win either by hook or crook
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Roger Miller Apr 28, 2021 9:59PM ET
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Wow, this administration is hell bent on seeing as many jobs destroyed as possible. Unions have never resulted in increased productivity or living standards for society as a whole; they benefit the few at the expense of everyone. They create an exclusive club where merit matters little.
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Roger, Roger ....we all know from your past posts about your bigotry and anti- American rants, and Support for Russian style fascism. but this piece of garbage is beyond the pale... in America, workers form unions and democratically elect their leaders. Without unions there would not have been much of a middle class in America. everything thing about unions you posted, is historically the opposite of what you posted. Americans don't like to be lied to by Russian trolls.
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Steve Lora Apr 28, 2021 8:32PM ET
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Unions boss ***my ...
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Amazon has been screwing their employees for years.why should they stop now.
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Truth Trader Apr 28, 2021 7:56PM ET
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By paying them way more than most can earn elsewhere? Please.
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Bal Chima Apr 28, 2021 7:56PM ET
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And you know this how? Were you previously fired by Amazon? Can’t find any other reason you would have knowledge that Amazon has been screwing their employees.
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Xer Zuproc Apr 28, 2021 5:10PM ET
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i invest 20b to amazon.
 
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