Apr 9, 2021

Amazon holds early lead in historic union election

Hundreds of the votes were challenged by Amazon and union representatives, but an incomplete count of uncontested ballots conducted by labour officials on Thursday showed that at least 1,100 workers voted against the union effort, compared to less than 500 votes in favour of unionising. If successful, the union drive would mean Amazon, the second largest employer in the US, would have to negotiate a contract with union officials on issues such as work rules and pay. Union membership has steadily dwindled in America in recent decades - just 6% of private sector workers belonged to a trade union in 2020. In a statement on Thursday, RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum said the union would call on the labour board "To hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behaviour during the campaign". Union organisers had also tied the fight at the warehouse - where the majority of workers are black - to broader issues of civil rights and racial justice.

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