E-commerce giant Amazon interfered with a union election by installing a mailbox to collect ballots and by distributing paraphernalia encouraging employees to vote against organising, according to a report by a US National Labor Relations Board hearing officer. The NLRB official on Monday recommended a rerun of the landmark Amazon union election in Alabama where employees overwhelmingly voted against making their warehouse the online retailer’s first to organise in the United States. In the coming weeks, a regional director for the NLRB will decide whether to order the rerun based on the recommendation, said an official on Monday with the board, who asked not to be named. Amazon Warehouse Workers Vote Against Forming Union in Alabama The election results in April showed workers rejected the effort by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to organise the Amazon facility by a more than 2-1 margin. Amazon, recapitulating a statement it provided on Monday, said it would appeal. “Our employees had a chance to be heard during a noisy time when all types of voices were weighing into the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted overwhelmingly in favour of a direct connection with their managers and the… Read full this story
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