Amazon’s anti-union conduct made free election “impossible,” NLRB officer finds

Enlarge / A sign held during a protest on March 27, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama. (credit: Getty Images | Patrick T. Fallon )

Amazon interfered with a union-certification vote, and a second election should be held, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official wrote in a report released yesterday. Amazon’s anti-union misconduct made a “free and fair election… impossible,” the report said.

A majority of Amazon workers at a fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against certifying a union in April. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union subsequently filed a complaint with the NLRB and was able to convince the hearing officer that Amazon interfered with the election.

“[T]he evidence demonstrates that the employer’s conduct interfered with the laboratory conditions necessary to conduct a fair election,” NLRB attorney and hearing officer Kerstin Meyers wrote. The report continued:

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