Union Accuses Amazon of Interfering Again in Alabama Election

A U.S. union accused Amazon.com of unlawfully interfering with the rerun of a union election at an Alabama warehouse that the company was found guilty of blocking last year.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) will file charges against Amazon claiming it removed pro-union posters from employee break rooms and limited workers’ access to the warehouse outside their shifts, the union said in a statement.

The RWDSU also alleged Amazon forces workers to attend anti-union meetings. Such meetings are currently legal under U.S. labor laws, but the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently encouraged reconsidering that precedent.

Amazon said in a statement that it was confident that it had fully complied with the law.

“Our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work,” the company said.

The NLRB sent out unionization ballots to the plant’s workers earlier this month and the vote is set to be tallied on March 28. If Amazon is found guilty of the charges, the RWDSU can challenge the result of that tally.

The union was defeated in the first run last year, but the results were junked after the NLRB found Amazon guilty of influencing the results by encouraging workers to place their ballots on a company mailbox.

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