Bessemer, Alabama is at the center of a pivotal union organizing drive.
Over 5,000 Amazon warehouse workers in the Birmingham suburb have been fighting to unionize since last year.
And after much resistance from Amazon, they were able to secure a decision from the from the National Relations Board (NLRB) to begin voting by mail on February 8th.
Now Amazon is looking to block the mail-in voting.
According to the Guardian, “The company is appealing against a ruling by a NLRB officer to permit 5,800 employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, to begin casting ballots by mail to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
The NLRB, the federal agency responsible for enforcing US labor law, favors manual elections but has moved to supporting mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Between March and November 2020, 90% of union election representation cases presided by the NLRB were conducted by mail rather than in-person.”
Amazon’s push for in-person voting is yet another desperate union-busting tactic by the company to weaken voter turnout in what is arguably the most important union election in the U.S. in years.