NLRB Official Recommends Re-Run of Amazon Union Election

In February 2021, Amazon, Inc. employees at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against union representation by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). RWDSU filed objections to the election results with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that Amazon coerced employees during the election, thereby tainting the election.

RWDSU alleged that Amazon tainted the election results by causing a mailbox to be installed on its premises, by polling employees, by threatening employees, by hiring additional police, and by interfering with the Union’s access to voters by causing the county to alter the timing of traffic lights near the warehouse.

The NLRB hearing officer took evidence in the case and found merit to some of RWDSU’s objections to the election. More specifically, the hearing officer found merit to RWDSU’s objections to Amazon’s decision to have the United States Postal Service place an unlabeled mail collection box less than 50 feet from the warehouse’s main entrance. The location of the box, suggested by Amazon, was immediately beneath the visible surveillance cameras mounted on the Employer’s main entrance.

The hearing officer also found merit to the argument that it was coercive for Amazon to make “vote no” paraphernalia available to employees in the presence of human resource employees and supervisors.

Ultimately, the hearing officer recommended that the election be rerun. Amazon has already stated they will appeal. The matter will now go to the NLRB Regional Director for review. If you have questions about unions, elections, or labor relations, Employers Council can help. Contact info@employerscouncil.org.