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A Second Union Vote for Amazon Would Acknowledge Workers’ Rights
The National Labor Relations Board is pressing officials for a new union vote for Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, AL. Earlier this year, workers voted down a measure that would have made the warehouse the first unionized shop for the company in the U.S. Amazon has pushed back on the move, but it could take weeks before a final decision is made.
Lynne Vincent is an assistant professor of management, with expertise in industrial and labor relations, at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
Prof. Vincent says:
“This is really interesting. This unionization attempt was notable for its employee-driven nature but also how much traction and public attention it received. Amazon is a behemoth company with extraordinary resources. The power structure is tilted away from the employees and any unionization attempt.
“If the vote happens again, it is an acknowledgment of workers’ rights to have a free vote and a limitation of companies’ powers despite their resources. It is amazing that the first vote happened, and it will be even more amazing if a second vote happens.”
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