Votes on whether to organize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama are counted in the National Labor Relations Board office in Birmingham.
The union seeking to represent workers said Wednesday evening that there were 3,215 cast votes - or about 55 percent of the roughly 5,800 workers who had the right to vote. Hundreds of ballots are contested, mostly by Amazon according to the Department of Department Stores and Retail.
Unofficial vote count of Amazon Warehouse organizing
1608 yes votes are needed for the union to win today.
352 The Hfrance.fr · As of 4:50 pm Hundreds of ballots were disputed which could delay the either party to reach the threshold. A ballot was marked as void.
Union elections are usually held in person, but the Labor Relations Board decided that the election should be held by mail to minimize risk during the pandemic. The drunkBallot papers were sent to workers in early February and were due at the agency by March 30. Since then, Amazon and the union have had the opportunity to challenge the right to vote of some workers.
When the public count is complete, the agency will announce the formal results if the margin of victory for one side is greater than the number of disputed ballots.
If the margin is narrower, it could take two to three weeks for the N.L.R.B. hold a hearing to sort the disputed ballots and collect evidence from both sides as to whether they should be counted.