There will be one more shot in the ballot for Amazon workers to form a union in Alabama this winter, as the National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a mail-in election starting in February. 4.
The agency told workers Tuesday that they would have until March 25 to submit their votes. The agency will count the ballots on March 28.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse near Birmingham, known as BHM1, voted against forming a union last spring after a highly controversial and public campaign. The Labor agency threw out the results after Amazon improperly interfered in the election, opening the door for new votes.
The agency told workers Tuesday that in the original vote, Amazon had “interfered with the exercise of free and rational selection of employees” by installing mailboxes in the warehouse, “creating an appearance of irregularity” and giving poll workers their opinion. Amazon, which has said it intended to facilitate mailbox voting, has not appealed the decision to run again.
The leading planning effort has been run by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Unions. It has attracted national attention from politicians and others as it aims to create the first union in one of the largest employers in the country.
Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Aguirre said in a statement that Amazon “employees always have a choice whether to join the union or not, and they did not choose to join.” She added that the company is eager for workers to “hear their voices again.”
The union said in a statement that it had asked the agency to provide “many measures that could make the process more equitable for workers” in the new election, but that the agency had not granted their requests. “We are deeply concerned that the decision fails adequately to prevent Amazon from continuing its offensive behavior in the new election,” the union said in a statement.
The company, which promises to be “the best employer on earth”, is facing labor pressures on multiple fronts. It has said it will spend $ 4 billion in the holiday quarter alone to address labor shortages. Workers in Staten Island are also trying to unify, and last month Amazon and the Labor Board signed an unusually broad nationwide settlement giving workers more power to organize.