A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officer is recommending that the results of a historic union election held earlier this year at an Amazon facility in Alabama be thrown out and a new election held as a result of the e-commerce giant’s illegal behaviour. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which was behind the union campaign that Amazon overwhelmingly defeated in April, conveyed the recommendation of an hearing officer, which has yet to be revealed by the NLRB.
Due to the pandemic, the election was held by mail over a roughly two-month period, attracting national interest, including celebrities and politicians. After the vote was tallied in April, RWDSU filed official objections with the NLRB, stating that Amazon’s actions in the run-up to and during the election precluded “a free and uncoerced exercise of choice by the employees.” It requested that the board “put the election on hold.”
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the RWDSU, said, “Throughout the hearing, we heard compelling evidence how Amazon tried to illegally interfere with and intimidate workers as they sought to exercise their right to form a union. We support the hearing officer’s recommendation that the NLRB set aside the election results and direct a new election.”