Amazon said the agency made a mistake in the election, including a lack of staff to manage the vote, which the company said resulted in long queues and reduced turnout.
“Based on the evidence we have seen so far, as stated in our objections, we believe that the actions of the NLRB and the ALU have unduly suppressed and affected voting, and we believe that the elections should be held again to be fair and it is possible to vote in general, “said Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokeswoman.
In another objection, the company said the union did not provide standard financial reports. In an interview with The Times this week, Christian Smalls, president of the union, said he supplied the needed workers with cash, both through separate GoFundMe efforts and union funds.
If a worker had to pay her bills, “we pay that bill, we send the money without a doubt,” Mr. Smalls. Legal experts said some of these transactions – such as additional payment for union organizers who contracted Covid-19 – may be fine, while others could cause problems, depending on when and how many people received them .
But the NLRB “rarely” cancels elections because of allegations of union violations, said John Logan, a professor at San Francisco State University who studies employers ’campaigns. Amazon will have to prove that any controversial conduct could change the outcome of the election, he said, and “unlike Amazon, the ALU has no coercive power over employees.”
The Labor Agency granted Amazon a two-week extension until April 22 to provide additional evidence to support the objections.
In Bessemer, Ala. the union lagged slightly behind the initial total of votes released on March 31: 993 workers voted against being represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and 875 voted in favor. But more than 400 ballots have yet to be counted because they have been challenged by any party. These contested ballot papers, which are sufficient to influence the outcome, are expected to be resolved at a hearing of the Labor Committee in the coming weeks.
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