More than 1,000 Amazon workers have reached out to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in recent weeks to "unionize their workplaces." The inquiries come as 5,800 warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are in the midst of a vote that could result in the first Amazon union in the U.S.
- An anonymous warehouse worker in Seattle told the Washington Post "the chances that we'll do something increases," if workers in Alabama vote in favor of a union.
- The vote began on Feb. 8 and will run until March 29.
- Amazon is strongly opposed to the unionization efforts and has deployed aggressive tactics such as placing banners in the warehouse and fliers in the bathrooms encouraging workers to vote no.
- Last week, President Joe Biden indirectly expressed his support for the workers in Alabama and warned Amazon not to interfere with the vote.