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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 Runaway1956 on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:24PM (8 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:24PM (#1135786) Homepage Journal

    You may not be aware of this, but Southerners are suspicious of unions. There are quite a number of reasons unions were never real big in the south, and one of those is, Southerners are always suspicious of Yankees and their grand ideas.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:56PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 10 2021, @08:56PM (#1135802)

    Nope, you just like slavery ;^)

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 10 2021, @10:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 10 2021, @10:17PM (#1135829)

      Like the Negro, they're playing a long game...

      1. Slavery for a few years
      2. Wait a while
      3. Wait some more
      4. Just a bit longer
      5. Reparations! Profit!!

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Runaway1956 on Sunday April 11 2021, @12:01AM (3 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 11 2021, @12:01AM (#1135850) Homepage Journal

      Slavery is history, moron. But think about this: In the non-unionized South, a couple who brings home just $20,000 to $25,000 per year, can scrape by, and even raise some kids. Depending on their situation, they might even be living moderately well. In your unionized North, and in California, that money won't pay for rent or mortgage, won't pay for the upkeep on a car, won't put food on the table. Won't even pay the taxes if you own real estate and/or personal property in many areas.

      Enjoy your unions. They help to ensure you can't get out of the rat race.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @10:59AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @10:59AM (#1135990)

        It's not unions that make the south cheap, it's low income tax, cheap land, and lots of farms and food production facilities making local food cheap. The only one of those affected by unions is food. Rather, general rurality and cheapness of the south is caused by people with a choice not choosing to live there. Probably because southerners always want to kill each other over petty shit and idolize corrupt patriarchal leaders.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by bussdriver on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:26PM

        by bussdriver (6876) on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:26PM (#1136019)

        Private slavery was banned in the USA; government slavery is allowed. Slavery still exists around the world. look it up.
        Slavery isn't the worst condition; there are peasants who are disposable, functionally trapped, and beg for it out of desperation. A slave is valuable property and needs to be guarded.

        DEMAND drives up costs, duh. Civilized successful parts of the USA attract more people and cost more to live in because they are better - proof is in the numbers. CA isn't losing people to Texas. BS for over a decade says otherwise but CA still grew from #8 to #5 in the world economy and are still overpopulated, under-housed, and disaster prone. If it's so bad why do the "great" places remain relatively empty?

        Unions are why you have weekends.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @08:46PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @08:46PM (#1136119)

        Slavery is history, moron.

        Heh. You're telling the wrong people both those things.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @04:03AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @04:03AM (#1135917)

    Not as much as one might expect when the working conditions are terrible. Setting up unions down South is hard because the politicians have set up the laws to make it hard to organize and the federal government hasn't been much better the last 30 or 40 years. This isn't a case of Southerners in general as it is Southerners in particular that can see how horrible the working conditions are.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:59PM (#1136024)

    I seem to remember something about them being whipped by a union once.