The vote organized on-site in Bessemer, Alabama ended in a union failure.
The union won the media battle. They lost the ballot box. Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, a poor town south of the former mining town of Birmingham, Alabama, voted against merging its construction sites at a ratio of more than two to one.
According to CNBC, out of 3,215 votes, 1,798 votes were against the coalition and 738 votes were in favor. This exceeds the required majority of 1,608, and the gap between “no” and “yes” is greater than about 500 disputed votes, so it is unlikely to be counted.
The National Labor Relations Committee, the federal agency responsible for organizing and counting votes, has not announced its official victory on April 9th (Friday) local time. The case is expected to continue to appear in court. Crucially, whether employees who have left the company have the right to vote, and whether they questioned the mailbox installed in the Amazon parking lot (under the cover of the tent), where employees can hand in communications.
However, in this highly politicized consultation, the failure was huge. There are several explanations: First, employees voted for their direct interests, and there is obviously no “combination of struggle” between wage demands and the anti-racism movement “black living”. In this factory, there are nearly 80% of employees. Is African American. Amazon’s hourly wage is more than $15 (12.60 euros), which is more than twice the minimum wage (only $7.25 in Alabama).
Then, the company provided many health insurance plans that could provide insurance for employees from the beginning, which was decisive in this impoverished southern region during the Covid era. A large portion of the employees are African-American women, and perhaps they want to ensure a back seat for their families, especially because no one dares to say that Amazon has closed a huge warehouse with about 5,600 employees.
The entire United States remembers that in early 2019, Jeff Bezos’ company abandoned its second headquarters in a working-class community in Queens, New York. At the time, it included the Democratic Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio). Elected officials, including Blasio, and the black-American muse left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and started asking the site to be syndicated. “I don’t want this to end like Florida. They closed three breweries after the union approved.”Announced to us in the employee’s Amazon parking lot in March, employee Sandra McDonald (Sandra McDonald).
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