The union had accused Amazon of…

The union had accused Amazon of illegally interfering with the election process. The company can appeal the decision….


The RWDSU sought to represent workers at one Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. The union challenged the election results.

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Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama rejected union representation in April, but a federal official ruled Monday that the the election be held again. That would throw out the previous result and start the election process again from scratch, an unusual outcome in a union drive.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union sought to represent the workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in vote-by-mail election that took place over several weeks. The union challenged the election results shortly after votes were counted, claiming Amazon had illegally interfered with the election process. The National Labor Relations Board held hearings at its Region 10 headquarters in Atlanta, and the hearing officer recommended in August that the election should be redone. On Monday, the regional director in Atlanta agreed with the recommendation and officially ruled for a redo.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The company can appeal the decision to the national level, where it would be reviewed by the federal agency’s board.

In a statement, RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum lauded the ruling.

“Today’s decision confirms what we were saying all along — that Amazon’s intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace — and as the Regional Director has indicated, that is both unacceptable and illegal,” Appelbaum said. “Amazon workers deserve to have a voice at work, which can only come from a union.”

This is a developing story.

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