Labor board hearing on Amazon union election to start May 7

At the Amazon facility, people hold a banner while members of a congressional delegation in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S., show their support for workers who will vote on union formation on March 5, 2021.

Dustin Chambers | Reuters

The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing on May 7th to consider objections to a recent union election at one of Amazon’s warehouses in Alabama, according to the union that led the campaign.

In an April 16 complaint, the retail, wholesale and department store union accused Amazon of meddling in the closely watched union campaign that took place at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama earlier this month. Bessemer’s employees were overwhelmingly opposed to union formation. Less than 30% of the votes voted to join the RWDSU.

The RWDSU asked the NLRB to overturn the election results because of alleged interference by Amazon. The union accused Amazon of taking revenge on union-friendly employees, threatening widespread layoffs, and closing the facility if union employees vote.

Amazon has denied NLRB claims that it interfered in the election. “Instead of accepting the choice of these employees, the union seems determined to keep misrepresenting the facts to advance its own agenda,” Amazon spokeswoman Heather Knox previously told CNBC.

The hearing is supervised by the Regional Director of the NLRB, who has the power to reject the results. Either party can appeal the decision of the regional director to the NLRB board in Washington, which can also order a new election.

The NLRB confirmed the date of the hearing but declined to comment further. Amazon declined to comment.

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