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posted by martyb on Saturday April 10 2021, @02:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the people-have-spoken dept.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/the-amazon-union-drive-in-alabama-appears-headed-for-defeat/

Update: A majority of workers have voted not to form a union at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer, Alabama. The result of the NLRB's initial vote count was 1,798 votes against the union and 738 in favor. Hundreds of additional ballots were not counted because their authenticity was disputed. But the "no" side already has a majority of the 3,215 votes cast, making the issue moot.

Original story, April 8: A closely watched effort to unionize an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama appears to be headed for defeat. With about half the votes counted, 1,100 workers have voted against forming a union, while only 463 voted in favor.

The National Labor Relations Board is counting the 3,215 votes that were cast by workers at the Bessemer facility. The union needs to win at least half the votes in order to become the official representative of the roughly 6,000 workers at the Bessemer facility. Counting has ended for the evening and is scheduled to resume at 8:30 am Central Time on Friday.

Also at The Washington Post, c|net, and Al Jazeera.


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  • (Score: 2) by zocalo on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:12PM (1 child)

    by zocalo (302) on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:12PM (#1135782)
    Also curious about the reasoning behind why people voted as they did (in either direction), but I also suspect Amazon's full-on campaigning had a lot to do with it - Amazon's websites are littered with sub-concious cues to drive you in a certain way by use of colour, prominance in placing, and other near or blatent "dark patterns", so they clearly understand how to manipulate people.

    Also, at least here in the UK (and EU), union membership is optional, but that doesn't appear to be the case in the US. Within European industries where there are unions there would typically be at least a few to choose between (although there's usually one or two that are dominant) and an employee is free to join one or not as they see fit, whereas the US approach seems to be all or nothing; no Union Card, no job. Having seen a union drive an entire company into insolvency through strike action rather than have a few of its members lose their clearly over resourced jobs for the greater good there's no way I would personally join one, but I'd absolutely vote for allowing people to have the option to choose for themselves, while there is ZERO chance I would vote "yes" to unions if membership was mandatory.
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  • (Score: 1) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday April 11 2021, @03:24AM

    Yeah, organized crime took one look at unions and said "Hey, we know this game!". And there's so much money moving from them to politicians that the laws were written to make sure it stays a choice between a single union or unemployment.

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