U.S. labor board sets dates for union vote at Amazon warehouse in Alabama


By Julia Love, Reuters 

January 11, 2022


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board said on Tuesday that it will send unionization ballots to workers at an Amazon.com Inc warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama on Feb. 4, setting the stage for the next labor contest facing the online retailer.


Votes in the mail-ballot election, which is a re-run after the NLRB found Amazon interfered last year, will be counted starting on March 28, according to a notice published by the NLRB. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has been seeking to represent the workers.


The contest comes as scrutiny of working conditions at Amazon has intensified, with some employees seeking to organize at facilities in New York and Canada. Labor experts have said a victory at even one warehouse would be a milestone that could invigorate the U.S. labor movement.


In a statement, Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agrait said: