FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2021
Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259
(BESSEMER, AL) – On January 21, 2021, Amazon made a motion to request a stay of the union election for workers at the fulfilment center in Bessemer, Alabama and appealed the decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 10. Today, the NLRB in Washington, DC denied both of their motions, allowing the union election to proceed as decided in the Decision and Direction of Election by their Region 10 office on January 15, 2021. Despite Amazon’s last-ditch effort to delay the election, union election ballots will now go out in the mail to workers on Monday, February 8, 2021. Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which is conducting the unionization drive for the workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, issued the following statement:
“Once again Amazon workers have won another fight in their effort to win a union voice. Amazon’s blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own workforce was demonstrated yet again by its insistence for an in-person election in the middle of the pandemic. Today’s decision proves that it’s long past time that Amazon start respecting its own employees; and allow them to cast their votes without intimidation and interference.”
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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.