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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: 1) by khallow on Sunday April 11 2021, @06:43AM (4 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 11 2021, @06:43AM (#1135964) Journal
    I have to say that we have quite the slap fight in this discussion. There are many who have broken out the supple leather gloves and are delivering profound stings to the face and mighty whiffs that part the hair.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:25PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 11 2021, @02:25PM (#1136018)
    People who have never enjoyed the benefits of a union job are really not in a position to say unions are bad. A union for coders would go a long way towards eliminating crunch and forcing management to take responsibility for their screwups.
    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday April 11 2021, @10:09PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 11 2021, @10:09PM (#1136144) Journal

      People who have never enjoyed the benefits of a union job are really not in a position to say unions are bad.

      Unless, of course, they have enjoyed the costs of a union job. That seems fairly common.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @01:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @01:27PM (#1136357)

      Oh boy, this old chestnut again. "You can't learn from the experience of others! Your tiny widdle brain can't do that! You have to try it first! Put on the union hat, you'll love it! Promise!"

      Quite aside from the fact that many coders weren't in that position all their lives, and have been in union positions, many more coders have been in union shops where their position just didn't happen to have been unionised. But you don't seem to think that that counts.

      If it's so great, make your pitch to Microsoft or wherever, see how that goes.

  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday April 12 2021, @12:15AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday April 12 2021, @12:15AM (#1136184) Journal

    No "we" don't. Your contribution to this fight is mostly the textual equivalent of belches and farts. Only not as amusing.

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