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Amazon Bid to Delay Union Vote Rejected; Ballots Out Monday

  • Company had asked NLRB to consider holding vote in person
  • Workers in Alabama will decide proposal to join retail union

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

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The National Labor Relations Board rejected Inc.’s request to delay a unionization vote at the company’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, clearing the way for the closely watched election to begin next week.

Amazon last month had asked the regulator to halt the vote to give officials time to reconsider the company’s proposal to conduct the election in person at the warehouse, despite the prevalence of Covid-19 in the region. The company had argued that it could conduct a vote safely and that mail balloting risked lower turnout or potentially fraudulent ballots.