By an Overwhelming Margin Alabama Amazon Workers Reject the Union

Mish

The vote total is not all counted, but the result is in Alabama workers reject the union.

With about 80% of ballots counted, some 71% of Bessemer, Ala., Amazon Warehouse Workers Reject Joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

The National Labor Relations Board has finished counting all votes that weren’t challenged by either side, and the number of votes against a union exceeds 1,608, the total needed to reach a majority of the 3,215 mail-in ballots workers submitted. The NLRB hasn’t declared an official winner.

The Bessemer facility employs fewer than 1% of the roughly 950,000 Amazon employees in the U.S., but the vote emerged as a watershed moment for a company that hired faster than almost any private corporation in history last year.

Amazon has long opposed labor organizing and told its workers in Alabama that unionizing isn’t necessary, saying it pays double the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which is also the federal minimum. The company warned of the cost of union dues and highlighted what it says are the generous healthcare benefits it offers employees.

“A lot of us are in agreement that we don’t need anybody there to speak for us and take our money,” said Cori Jennings, 40 years old, who works at the Bessemer facility and voted against unionizing. Ms. Jennings said she and many of her colleagues were also eager for the national attention to fade: “We want our lives to go back to normal.”

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Congratulations to Alabama workers and Amazon for the vote. 

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Comments (68)
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Tex272
Tex272

"Congratulations to Alabama workers and Amazon for the vote." ~ YES! I, too, Hate unions: twice a Teamster trucker, once a Longshoreman by affiliation (a story of entrapment). I then lived in a non-right-to-work State (is that an oxymoron?).

Sechel
Sechel

You say you hate unions but you cite the private union example.

lamlawindy
lamlawindy

I'm surprised by the margin of victory. I had expected it to be closer, given the efforts that the RWDSU put into this election.

Sechel
Sechel

Correction: you say you hate unions but then say your gripe is really about public sector unions. I'm left thinking its not well grounded logic. I agree on public unions.

aprnext
aprnext

Sigh of relief from the FED. They have a serious concern re wage push inflation.

Jojo
Jojo

I have not seen any explanation as to why only 2,536 people out of ~5900 workers cast votes. Why didn't the remainder participate?

And of course, sore losers always turn to the lawyers in our USA:

"The union is now filing a legal challenge to the election and charges of unfair labor practices against Amazon. It's requesting a hearing by the National Labor Relations Board, "to determine if the results of the election should be set aside because conduct by the employer created an atmosphere of confusion, coercion and/or fear of reprisals and thus interfered with the employees' freedom of choice.""

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I expect the outcome might have been different if the union was trying to organize in CA or NY. In the Southland, most working class people, having been abandoned completely by the liberal party, tend to look very askance at anything they might perceive as being liberal or from “the left”.

Joe Bageant’s people, I call ‘em. Read “Dear Hunting With Jesus” to get a great insight into how these people think. Joe’s been dead a few years now, but he’s stil well worth reading.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Amazon employees are smarter than I thought.

Doug78
Doug78

Forget the union. Jeff Bezos is getting his ass handed to him by Musk. Blue Origin is way behind SpaceX. I would like to see them neck to neck in the space race. Bezos is at the age where he should be concentrating on more important things than retailing. He needs to become a spaceman.

Quanta
Quanta

It's too bad most of the capitalist sheepies (regular people) are too brainwashed about capitalism to realize the benefits of unions. Yes, as any organization, unions will bring bad things, but you work on those and correct them. However as of now the sheepies (regular people) have no voice whatsoever - as demonstrated by middle class decline over the last 40 years. Corporations do WHATEVER THEY WANT at the expense of society.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

So Amazon is a company that doesn't make many products but just shovels them around the country and copies the good products and puts them lower on the search results after they have made an Amazon copy. You would think the people doing most of shoveling would want more than $15/hr.

Quanta
Quanta

Getting to the Moon can be done with conventional rocket fuel. The point is to use the Moon as a source of materials including refueling, and as a learning platform. This is what Blue Origin is working on.


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