EXPLAINER-Amazon's fight against U.S. union could continue even after landmark vote

By Reuters3 days ago

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By Daniel Wiessner

April 8 (Reuters) - Officials with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are expected to begin counting ballots on Thursday in the closely watched union election at an Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is seeking to represent a bargaining unit of nearly 6,000 workers, which would be the first at an Amazon warehouse in the United States. But the election is only the beginning of what could be a prolonged legal dispute over the outcome of the vote.

Here is a look at what the law allows the company and the union to do in response to the choice made by workers.

WHAT IF THE UNION WINS?

Amazon, which has fought the unionizing effort, has already begun the process of challenging individual ballots, claiming the workers who cast them were not eligible to vote. Given the relatively high turnover at distribution centers, there may be a significant number of workers who sent in mail ballots despite no longer working at the warehouse. About 55% of the 5,800 workers who received ballots voted, RWDSU said on Wednesday.

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