The Amazon union elections will begin in February, says the US labor committee

(Reuters) – Inc’s first U.S. trade union election since 2014 is expected to begin with ballot papers being sent in early February and a vote count starting March 30, a labor council official said Friday. US in a statement.

The announcement brings Amazon’s fulfillment center employees in Bessemer, Alabama one step closer to deciding whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). A “yes” vote will mark the first ever for an American Amazon facility.

As of Jan.7, Amazon employed nearly 6,200 hourly workers at the warehouse, according to the document. To win, the union needs a simple majority of those who stand for election.

While Amazon preferred to vote in person, the work council sided with the union in a mailing procedure “because this is the safest and most appropriate method of conducting an election given the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID pandemic. 19, “Said the deposit.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The RWDSU declined to comment.

Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Nick Zieminski