A group of workers protest against working conditions at Amazon’s distribution center on Staten Island in New York.
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Some 6,000 workers of the distribution centers of Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama, will vote next month about an idea that is considered innovative, form the first union in the history of the company in the U.S.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) scheduled Friday that voting will take place by email and will begin on February 8 and will continue until March 9.
Workers at one of Amazon’s new distribution centers will decide whether to join the Union of Retailers, Wholesalers, and Department Stores.
Friday’s decision comes after the distribution center and the retail workers union decided who and how should be included in the bargaining unit and how the vote should take place. Both parties agreed that hundreds of temporary workers should be eligible to voter. The NLRB rejected calls from Amazon to vote traditionally in person in favor of voting by mail.
The importance of the decision is that Amazon is one of the largest employers in the United States and if the union is organized, the same could be triggered in other cities or distribution centers.
During years Amazon He has fought the labor organizing effort in America. The last vote on a union took place in 20114 when a small group of maintenance and repair technicians from a Delaware warehouse nay to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
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Amazon reported in October that between March and mid-September, it employed almost 1.4 million workers on the front line at Amazon’s Whole Foods in the United States. The company previously argued that the petitioners did not represent “the majority of the views of our employees” and promoted the pay and benefits of the warehouse facilities.
The Washington Post reported that hundreds of workers at Bessemer signed in November to petition federal labor authorizations for a unionization vote, quickly gaining broad support from the senator. Bernie sanders from Vermont. Among the most important requests are changes in dismissal procedures, discipline and social security.
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