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Amazon Alabama Workers Get Chance for First-in-U.S. Union

  • NLRB official says workers met threshold to call a vote
  • Union seeks to represent 1,500 workers in Bessemer, Alabama
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Amazon.com Inc. workers at an Alabama warehouse were given the go-ahead by federal regulators to vote whether to form what would be the first union at a U.S. facility of the e-commerce giant.

An organizing drive became public last month when representatives of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union filed paperwork for an election to represent 1,500 frontline workers at the warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. None of Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees in warehouses across the U.S. is represented by labor unions.