Amazon tries to stop trade union elections in Alabama warehouses

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc filed a motion asking the U.S. National Labor Relations Board to halt union elections at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, scheduled to begin February 8.

The company also requested a review of a previous working council decision to hold elections by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a filing dated Jan.21.

Amazon’s first U.S. trade union election since 2014 was scheduled here to begin with sending ballots in early February and counting votes starting March 30. The online retail giant, which is the second largest private employer in the United States after Walmart Inc, has long avoided unionization and trained managers to pinpoint organizational activity.

The company said multiple gaps in the work council’s background, mistakes made by the incumbent regional director, and missed opportunities for postal voting improvements to support its motion.

The union declined to comment on the matter.

Ayanti Bera’s reportage in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi