For years, Amazon employees have fought for unions and been quashed by their powerful employer. At last, they are poised to succeed.
On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency that oversees union elections, declared that some 6,000 workers at the commerce giant’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse will participate in a much-anticipated weeks-long vote beginning in February. If successful, the drive would be a victory for labor unions, which would gain a foothold in America’s second-largest private employer.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), a New York-based union, would represent an array of warehouse workers at the fulfillment center, including full- and part-time staff, and hundreds of seasonal associates. Managers, office workers, and truck drivers would not be included.