Amazon tries to stop union election at Alabama warehouse

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Amazon.com Inc has asked the U.S. National Labor Relations Board to stop the union election at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, scheduled to start Feb. 8.

According to a filing dated January 21, Amazon also requested a review of an earlier labor board decision to hold the election by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon’s first U.S. union election since 2014 was scheduled here to begin with the mailing of ballots in early February and a vote count starting March 30.

The online retail giant has long avoided unionization and has trained managers to spot organizing activity.

The company alleged multiple gaps in labor board precedent, errors made by the acting regional director, and missed opportunities for mail-ballot improvements to back its motion.

The union declined to comment on the matter.

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