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A union supporter stands outside the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama
A union advocate stands outside the Amazon storage facility in Bessemer, Alabama © Patrick T Fallon/AFP through Getty Images

Staff Members at an Amazon center in Alabama will have another possibility at ending up being the very first storage facility employees at the ecommerce giant to unionise.

The dates have actually been set for a re-run in the controversial fight for a union at the center in Bessemer, a southwestern suburban area of Birmingham in the state’s most populated county of Jefferson. Mail-in tallies will be sent out to staff members on February 4, and counting will start on March 28.

The outcome of the previous tally, conveniently won by Amazon, 1,798 votes to 738, was thrown away due to nasty play. Amazon was considered by the National Labor Relations Board to have actually acted unlawfully when it had actually a mail box set up outside the center’s entryway, a relocation that ran the risk of affecting employees’ choices.

For the re-run, Amazon asked for an in-person tally on-site. The Retail Wholesale and Outlet store Union recommended an in-person vote at a close-by civic centre rather. Nevertheless, pointing out Covid-19-related issues, the NLRB stated the vote would once again be performed by mail.

The NLRB has ordered the disputed mailbox to be moved to a “neutral” section of the Amazon facility.

“No party shall erect a canopy, tent, banner, sign, or other object on, at, around, or in view of the mailbox,” wrote NLRB regional director Lisa Henderson. “Nor shall any party issue a directive, suggestion, or other statement to voters concerning use of the mailbox for the purposes of this election.”

The RWDSU said the NLRB’s notice did not fully address its issues of tampering. “We are deeply concerned that the decision fails to adequately prevent Amazon from continuing its objectionable behaviour in a new election,” it stated.

The union needs a simple majority of returned votes to create the first unionised Amazon facility in the US.

“Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they overwhelmingly chose not to join the RWDSU last year. We look forward to our team in BHM1 having their voices heard again,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement to the FT.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.