Votes on whether or not to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama are being counted within the Nationwide Labor Relations Board’s workplace in Birmingham.
The union searching for to characterize employees stated late Wednesday that there have been 3,215 ballots solid — or about 55 p.c of the roughly 5,800 employees who had been eligible to vote. Lots of of ballots are being contested, largely by Amazon in line with the Retail Wholesale and Division Retailer Union.
The vote counting is being proven on a videoconference name to a small variety of outsiders, together with journalists, along with representatives from the union and the corporate.
Union elections are usually held in particular person, however the labor board decided that the election ought to be carried out by mail to attenuate dangers through the pandemic. The ballots had been despatched to employees in early February and had been due on the company earlier than March 30. Since then, Amazon and the union have had an opportunity to problem whether or not explicit employees had been eligible to vote.
When the general public counting is completed, the company will announce the formal outcomes if the margin of victory for one aspect is larger than the variety of contested ballots.
If the margin is narrower, then it might take two to a few weeks for the N.L.R.B. to carry a listening to to kind by means of the contested ballots and take proof from each side on whether or not they need to be counted.