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AMAZON UNION DRIVE LOSING AS VOTES ARE COUNTED IN ALABAMA

Amazon.com Inc warehouse employees in Alabama were on track to reject unionization by a 2-1 margin with almost half the votes counted in an election seen as a potential turning point for organized labor, Jeffrey Dastin and Nandita Bose reported for Reuters.

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Of the 3,215 ballots received, workers so far voted 1,100-463 against forming a union at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. The vote count will resume at 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT) on Friday.


Unionizing Amazon, the second-largest private employer in America, has been a goal for the US labor movement, which is aiming to reverse long-running declines in membership. Union membership fell to 11% of the eligible workforce in 2020 from 20% in 1983, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has said.


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Even the White House was closely monitoring the ballot count with Erika-Dinkel Smith, a senior member of President Joe Biden’s labor engagement team, among over 250 participants who watched the vote count on a video call.


The White House declined to comment and Smith did not respond to a request seeking comment.


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency overseeing the election, set up many cameras so participants and media could watch its agents count the votes.


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Voter turnout was about 55%, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).


The vote count followed more than a week of challenges to ballots during closed-door proceedings that could influence the final result.


Lawyers for Amazon and the union were allowed to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues. The union says there have been hundreds of contested ballots, making it unclear the number of votes needed to declare a winner.



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