Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Amazon, who strongly opposed the union drive, needed to secure 1,608 votes of the 3,215 ballots cast. Results show 1,798 voted against the union, while 738 were in favor.
- The margin of victory is greater than the contested 500 ballots that were set aside. These ballots would have only been counted if they would have altered the outcome.
- Reports have noted that Amazon resorted to aggressive tactics, such as sending anti-union text messages and posting fliers inside company bathroom stalls, to convince workers to vote against unionization.
- Amazon has long argued that its employees don't need union representation because the company already offers starting pay of $15.30 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
- The RWDSU will contest the election results, alleging Amazon engaged in practices that "interfered with the rights of its Bessemer, Alabama employees to vote in a free and fair election."
- The National Labor Relations Board still has to formally certify the results, which could take time due to the RWDSU's challenges.
- With more than 800,000 workers, Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the U.S. after Walmart.