We may get an idea this week of how the Bessemer Amazon union vote is going.
That’s because the union that could represent workers at the online giant’s Alabama fulfillment center says the portion of the election where ballots can be challenged has ended.
According to the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, a total of 3,215 ballots were received by the National Labor Relations Board in the election. About 5,800 ballots were sent out in early February to workers at the fulfillment center.
Election terms stipulate that workers who quit or are discharged for cause after a payroll period ending Jan. 9 are ineligible to vote. It’s unclear how many of those workers received ballots.
It’s also unknown how many ballots were challenged over the last week.
The union election is the largest overseen by the NLRB since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Counting the votes began last Tuesday. But first, each ballot was reviewed by Amazon and the RWDSU, with either side able to challenge whether the ballot should be counted.
Once the challenge portion is completed, members of the media will be able to view the ballot count in the public portion.
The union said in a statement tonight that “hundreds of challenged ballots mostly by the employer” will be addressed after the public count.
“As the ballot envelopes are opened and the ballots are counted there’s a possibility that more issues could impact the final results,” the union said in a statement.
The election will be settled by a simple majority. Disputes on whether to include contested ballots will be decided by the NLRB regional director, and those decisions can be appealed to the board in Washington, D.C.