We may get an idea this week of what the Bessemer Amazon union ballot is like.
That’s because unions that can represent workers in the online giant’s Alabama fulfillment center say the electoral part that can challenge ballot papers has now ended.
According to the retail, wholesale and department store unions, the National Labor Relations Committee received a total of 3,215 ballot papers in the election. About 5,800 ballots were sent in early February to workers at the fulfillment center.
Electoral requirements dictate that workers who leave or are laid off for reasons after the payroll period ending January 9 are ineligible to vote. It was not clear how many ballots those workers received.
It is not yet known how many ballot challenges have been challenged over the past week.
Union elections are the most overseen by the NLRB since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voting starts on Tuesday, but first, Amazon and RWDSU will review each ballot, with either party able to challenge whether the ballot should be counted or not.
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When the challenge section is complete, members of the media will be able to view the ballot count in the public section.
The union said in a statement last night that hundreds of “ballots that were challenged by employers” would be revised after the vote was counted.
“When ballot envelopes are opened and ballots are counted, there is a possibility that other issues could affect the final outcome,” the union said in a statement.
Elections are decided by a simple majority. Disputes on whether to include disputed ballots will be settled by the NLRB regional director, and those decisions can be lodged with a committee in Washington, D.C.