The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) resumed ballot counting for the union election at Amazon’s Alabama warehouses this morning. Early results indicate that Amazon workers have voted to reject unionization efforts by more than 2-1.
With a majority of 3,215 ballots counted, more than 1,400 workers voted against forming a union, while 600 voted in favor. There are still 1,000 more ballots that are yet to be counted.
Amazon has challenged the validity of ballots at a rate of nearly 4-1, with the company contesting nearly 300 ballots. The union, meanwhile, has challenged nearly 200 ballots. Most of the ballots are being contested due to eligibility issues arising from individuals leaving the company during the voting period, according to CNBC.
Regardless of whether Amazon or the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) comes ahead in the end, both sides are expected to challenge the results.
RWDSU’s move to unionize is a historic effort at a time when private-sector union memberships have been on a decline for past several years. The organization is seeking representation for 5,800 workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama-based warehouse, known as BHM1. Labor groups around the country are closely watching the election.
RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum has called on NLRB to investigate Amazon’s election conduct, including claims that the eCommerce giant pushed the U.S. Postal Service to install a mailbox at the Bessemer warehouse.
“Our system is broken, Amazon took full advantage of that, and we will be calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behavior during the campaign,” Appelbaum said. “But make no mistake about it; this still represents and important moment for working people and their voices will be heard.”