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Amazon is pushing for a milestone union vote to take place in person despite the pandemic

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic.

(CNN Business)Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic.

The e-commerce giant filed a motion Thursday to delay the union election, which is set to begin February 8, so that the NLRB may revisit its decision to hold the election by mail over the course of nearly two months instead of through an in-person event.

The union vote is a milestone moment for the Alabama facility and for Amazon (AMZN).

The NLRB said last week that the approximately 6,000 employees at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, facility would cast a vote by mail, noting the health risks from the pandemic.

"A mail ballot election will enfranchise employees who cannot enter the voting location for health reasons or due to positive COVID tests," the NLRB decision stated.

In filings this week, however, Amazon said the NLRB decision regarding its election doesn't specify what is considered an "outbreak. " Amazon said the NLRB's Acting Regional Director, Lisa Henderson, "reached the remarkable conclusion that any level of infection or potential infection among employees counts as an 'outbreak. '"

Amazon said that at its Bessemer facility, 2. 88% of Amazon's 7,575 employees and third-party workers at the facility -- or 218 people -- tested positive during the 14-day period ending on January 7.

In a statement to CNN Business, Amazon spokesperson Heather Knox said the company believes "the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is conducted manually, in-person, making it easy for associates to verify and cast their vote in close proximity to their workplace. "

Workers at the facility first filed a notice in November with the NLRB about holding an election to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

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