Amazon allegedly interfered with landmark union vote using cameras, mailboxes

According to a report by a hearing officer of the US National Labour Relations Board, e-commerce giant Amazon interfered in a union election by setting up mailboxes to collect ballots and encouraging employees to vote against the event.‎

‎NLRB official on Monday recommended re-running of landmarks Union elections in ‎‎Veerangana‎‎ Alabama where employees voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the first online retailer to hold it in the United States.‎

‎On condition of anonymity, a board official on Monday said that in the coming weeks, a regional director for NLRB will decide whether to order a re-run based on recommendation.‎

‎April's election results show that workers rejected an attempt by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to organize the Amazon facility by a margin of more than 2-1.‎

‎Amazon reiterated a statement made on Monday, saying it would appeal.‎

‎"Our employees got a chance to hear in noisy times when all kinds of voices were weighing in the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of a direct relationship with their managers and the company," the company said.‎

‎According to the hearing officer's report, which was released by NLRB, Amazon's efforts initiated the NLRB's special role in conducting union elections to set up a mailbox outside the Bessemer, Alabama, Fulfillment Center to the US Postal Service and interfered with the conditions required to conduct a fair vote. On Tuesday.‎

‎Security cameras viewing the mailbox site gave staff the impression they were under surveillance, the hearing officer found. He said a tent had been erected around the mailbox decorated with the company's campaign slogan, while not enough in itself to invalidate the vote, which was meant to taint the election.‎

‎The hearing officer found the distribution of "vote number" pins and other anti-organization material objectionable by Amazon to employees in the presence of managers and supervisors.‎

‎Amazon has said that mailboxes were installed to give nearly 6,000 eligible voters a convenient option to return their ballots and the tent rescued workers from the cameras, which was before the collection box.‎

‎It argued that the distribution of anti-union material to employees in the presence of managers was not objectionable as the company did not keep a list of workers who, according to the hearing officer's report, had received the material.‎

‎The hearing official's recommendation nonetheless doubts Amazon's victory over an attempt to form a union in a competition that was a blow to the American labor movement. The union's organizing campaign received indirect support from the US president who was a member of parliament, including ‎‎Biden‎‎ and Senator Bernie Sanders, who visited the warehouse.‎

‎Us labor law prevents companies from spying on organizing activities or leaving employees with the impression that they are under surveillance. It also prohibits other functions if they are found to be forceful.‎

‎Nevertheless, employers like Amazon have the broad legal latitude to aggressively campaign, requiring employees to attend mandatory meetings that put unions in a negative light. Amazon held such meetings, sent text messages to employees, and even displayed campaign literature at least one of the restroom stalls in Alabama's warehouse.‎

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