Amazon, Labor Organizers File Objections to Alabama Union Vote

“Based on the evidence we have seen so far, as demonstrated in our objections, we believe that the actions of the NLRB and ALU improperly suppressed and influenced the vote, and we believe that the election should be re-held in order to obtain a fair and widely represented vote.” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantell said in a statement.

In another objection, the company said the union failed to file standard financial reports. In an interview with The Times this week, the union’s president, Christian Small, said he had provided cash to needy workers through various GoFundMe efforts and union funding.

If a worker needs to pay his bill, “We are paying that bill, we are sending money without question,” Mr. Nana said. Legal experts say some of those transactions – such as extra pay for sick union organizers from Kovid-19 – may be fine but others may cause problems depending on when and how many people receive them.

But the NLRB “rarely” overturns elections over employer union misconduct, said John Logan, a professor at San Francisco State University who studies the campaign. Amazon will need to prove that any offensive behavior could change the outcome of the election, he said, and “unlike Amazon, ALU has no authority to coerce employees.”

The labor agency gave Amazon a two-week extension, until April 22, to provide additional evidence supporting the objections.

In Bessemer, Ala., The union was slightly behind in the preliminary count of votes announced March 31: 993 workers voted against being represented by the retail, wholesale and department store union and 875 voted in favor. But more than 400 ballots are still to be counted as they have been challenged by any party. Those challenged ballots, which are likely enough to affect the outcome, will be resolved at a Labor Board hearing next week.

This year’s election was a do-over after the Labor Board upheld the union’s claims that Amazon illegally interfered in the facility’s election last year.

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