A union trying to represent workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama said late Wednesday that 3,215 votes were cast. This represents about 55 percent of the approximately 5,800 workers eligible to vote.
According to the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, ballots will be counted manually at the Labor Relations Board’s office in Birmingham starting Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. According to the union, hundreds of votes are being contested primarily by Amazon.
Vote counting is shown by video conferencing phone calls to a small number of outsiders, including journalists, as well as union and company representatives.
Union elections are usually held directly, but the Labor Relations Commission has decided that elections should be held by mail to minimize risk during a pandemic. The ballot was sent to the workers in early February and submitted to the agency by March 30. Since then, Amazon and the union have had the opportunity to challenge whether certain workers are eligible to vote.
When a public count is made, the agency will announce the official result if the margin of one win is greater than the number of votes contested.
If the margins are narrow, it can take a couple of weeks for the NLRB to organize the ballots and hold a hearing to get evidence from both sides as to whether they need to be counted.
Amazon Union vote in Alabama with 3,215 votes
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