It’s been just over a week since the union vote ended for Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Things have been fairly calm in the Eye of the Storm for the most part. That changed today, however, as the vote count began in earnest. So far, things have deteriorated quite dramatically in favor of the company, following a fierce anti-union campaign.
At the end of the day, no vote has more than doubled the yeses, to 1,100 to 463. Given the resumption – and possibly the conclusion – tomorrow, the Union of Retail, Sales in wholesale and department stores, which could eventually serve as a workers’ union, denounces the company’s tactics.
“Our system is broken, Amazon has taken full advantage of it, and we will ask the Labor Relations Board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behavior during the campaign,” RWDSU Chairman Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement. release provided to TechCrunch. “But make no mistake about it; this is yet another important moment for workers and their voices will be heard.
The comments seem to relate as much to the actions taken by the company during the campaign as they prepare for a likely questioning of the results. The numbers represent about half of the 3,215 ballots that are counted. They put Amazon around 500 votes against union efforts.
We have reached out to the company for a response to Appelbaum’s comment, but have not received a response. In a comment offered to TechCrunch last month, the company had less than stellar words about Appelbaum, calling the union leader a “Chief Disinformation Officer,” adding that “in an attempt to save his long-declining union , [he] takes alternative facts to a whole new level. “
Whatever the final tally, this process is likely to be long. Among the complaints are reports that the company pressured the USPS to set up an illegal ballot box, thereby violating decisions of the National Labor Relations Board.