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Amazon union vote for Alabama, Staten Island warehouses starts Thursday
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The fierce battle to unionize two major Amazon warehouses – one in Alabama and the other in the New York City borough of Staten Island – is winding down Thursday as labor board officials begin the final vote count.
The National Labor Relations Board is slated to start counting votes from workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility and the JFK8 facility in Staten Island by 1 p.m. ET on Thursday. Both vote counts will kick off simultaneously. However, each count could take several hours, according to labor board officials.
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If either warehouse votes in favor of a union, it will mark a major milestone for the nation’s second-largest private employer, which has successfully avoided unions since it was founded in 1994.
For the Bessemer facility, this will be the second time that workers have voted on whether to unionize.
In November, labor board officials ordered a redo after determining that Amazon unfairly influenced the first election last year. However, during that election, workers overwhelmingly rejected the union, voting 1,798 to 738.
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This time, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is still driving the union campaign, is hoping for a different outcome despite the rough voter turnout. For the second election, which kicked off in early February, only 39% of the over 6,100 employees voted, down from 50% in the first election, according to Reuters.