×
82 232
Fashion Jobs
FOOT LOCKER
Digital Marketing Manager, Champs
Permanent · Bradenton
L'OREAL GROUP
Director, SEO
Permanent · New York
L'OREAL GROUP
Assistant Vice President, Amazon Eretail - l'Oreal Professional Products Division
Permanent · New York
L'OREAL GROUP
Account Executive - Skinceuticals (Miami)
Permanent · Miami
NORDSTROM INC
Asset Protection - Security Ambassador -Nyc Flagship
Permanent · New York
KOHLS
Full-Time Loss Prevention Supervisor
Permanent · Colorado Springs
KOHLS
Full-Time Sales Supervisor - Softlines
Permanent · Rice Lake
KOHLS
Full-Time Sales Supervisor - Softlines
Permanent · Edwardsville
ROSS STORES
Compensation Analyst, Supply Chain
Permanent · Brookshire
ROSS STORES
Store Protection Specialist
Permanent · Harlingen
ROSS STORES
IT Manager ii (Supply Chain Warehouse Core Systems)
Permanent · Fort Mill
SCOTCH & SODA
Head of Buying, Planning, And Allocation
Permanent · New York City
CENTRIC BRANDS
Account Executive - Montreal - Buffalo Jeans
Permanent · Montréal
NEIMAN MARCUS
Manager Operations
Permanent · Pittston
NEIMAN MARCUS
Content Editor
Permanent · New York
NEIMAN MARCUS
Product Manager, Enterprise Data Analytics
Permanent · Denver
NEIMAN MARCUS
Merchandise Planner
Permanent · New York
BLOOMINGDALE'S
Asset Protection Visual Security Officer, Century City - Part Time
Permanent · Los Angeles
BLOOMINGDALE'S
Outlet Keyholder Selling, Dolphin Mall - Full Time
Permanent · Miami
GAP INC
Asset Protection Agent
Permanent · New York
ESTÉE LAUDER
Commercial Regional Supply Manager
Permanent · New York
TJX COMPANIES
IT Product Manager
Permanent · Marlborough
By
Reuters
Published
Aug 3, 2021
Reading time
2 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

Amazon warehouse workers overwhelmingly rejected a union. Now they may vote again

By
Reuters
Published
Aug 3, 2021

A U.S. labor board official has recommended a rerun of a landmark Amazon.com Inc union election in Alabama where employees had voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the online retailer’s first to organize in the United States.




In the coming weeks, a regional director for the U.S. National Labor Relations Board will decide whether to order the rerun based on this recommendation, said an official on Monday with the board who asked not to be named.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which workers rejected joining earlier this year by a more than 2-1 margin, had said Amazon illegally threatened staff with reduced benefits and compromised the election’s integrity via a ballot collection box it secured outside the warehouse.

The labor official’s recommendation in support of a new election focused on problems with the collection box, a person familiar with the matter said. Reuters has not seen a copy of the recommendation, which a labor board official said may be released Tuesday. Amazon said it planned to appeal.

“Our employees had a chance to be heard during a noisy time when all types of voices were weighing into the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of a direct connection with their managers and the company,” Amazon said in a statement.

Stuart Appelbaum, the RWDSU’s president, welcomed the recommendation Monday and said, “The question of whether or not to have a union is supposed to be the workers’ decision and not the employer’s.”

During a May hearing that lasted three weeks, the RWDSU had argued Amazon improperly influenced voting by pressuring employees to drop ballots in the mailbox while they were in view of warehouse cameras, creating a perception of surveillance that U.S. labor law forbids. Amazon also improperly adorned a tent surrounding the mailbox with messaging related to its anti-union campaign, the RWDSU had said.

Amazon has said the mailbox was installed to give nearly 6,000 eligible voters a convenient option for returning their ballots and that the tent shielded workers from cameras, which predated the collection box.

The recommendation casts doubt on Amazon’s victory over the unionizing effort in a contest that amounted to a setback for the U.S. labor movement. The union’s organizing campaign drew implicit support from U.S. President Joe Biden and lawmakers including Senator Bernie Sanders, who visited the warehouse.

U.S. labor law forbids companies from threatening to cut benefits or close facilities when workers support a union. The law also prohibits them from spying on organizing activities or leaving employees with the impression they are under surveillance.

Still, employers such as Amazon have wide legal latitude to campaign aggressively, including by requiring employees to attend mandatory meetings that cast unions in a negative light. Amazon held such meetings, sent text messages to employees and even displayed campaign literature in at least one of the Alabama warehouse’s restroom stalls.

© Thomson Reuters 2021 All rights reserved.