Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama Plan Vote On 1st U.S. Union

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Tired of unfair working conditions, Amazon workers go on strike. And in Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers have taken the next step: filing for union recognition. | Glen Stubbe/AP

Amazon workers at an Alabama warehouse are getting closer to holding a vote on whether to form the first U.S. union at one of America’s largest employers — a groundbreaking possibility closely watched by the company’s ballooning workforce.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is looking to represent hundreds of employees at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Ala. This week, federal labor authorities gave the green light for the workers to hold the election on whether to unionize.

The company, the union, and the National Labor Relations Board need to sort out procedural issues and resolve lingering disputesbefore a vote can be scheduled.Much of Amazon’s workforce in Europe is represented by unions, but the company has so far successfully fought off labor organizing efforts in the United States.

Source: NPR