The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) on Friday reportedly rejected efforts from e-commerce giant Amazon to postpone a union vote set to start from Monday, February 08, 2021 onwards. For most, Amazon’s bid was thought to be a tactic to stall the vote, consisting a motion demanding votes to take place in person, a major health risk, as the coronavirus still poses a significant danger in the U.S. as well the rest of the world.
Now, the process of mail in voting would continue as planned and would eventually determine whether the Alabama warehouse of Amazon, which is known to employ nearly 6,000 workers would join the RWDSU, affiliated with AFL-CIO running since 1937.
The vote comes amid a huge change for both white and blue-collar workers working in the tech domain that has usually rejected such movements.
Meanwhile, the establishment of an Amazon union would present a significant historical step for labor as well as tech across the United States, a potential result the firm has been looking to stop dead in its paths.
By seeking to postpone the vote recently, the e-commerce giant has almost tried everything under its power to influence its workers in Bessemer not to vote in order to unionize. Meanwhile, the workers have complained that these anti-union strategies of Amazon are out of line.
Heather Knox, a spokesperson from Amazon, described the Amazon’s work environment as innovative as well as safe. Knox added that the firm works very hard to support its teams and nearly 90% of associates working at the Bessemer site state that they would suggest Amazon as one of the best places to work to their friends.
However, according to reports, the labor history of Amazon has been inconsistent. Often, the e-commerce giant has come under fire for the treatment it gives to its workers, especially those in shipping as well as logistics, such as the 6,000 workers presently employed in its Alabama facility.
By unionizing, the warehouse workers are hoping to get the right to collectively bargain over their present working conditions, such as breaks, pay, and safety standards among others.