The Amazon union has a strong lead in the vote count in New York; lose in Alabama

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March 31 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) workers at a Staten Island warehouse in New York have so far voted 57% in favor of unionizing with a final tally expected on Friday , a potential historic win for organized labor at America’s second-largest private employer.

But that victory contrasted with 53% of Amazon workers in Alabama rejecting unionization, in a preliminary tally.

The final result of Alabama’s contest could hinge on 416 contested ballots going to trial in the coming weeks, which is enough to affect the outcome of the election, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said. who oversees the count. The situation is quite different from last year when workers sided with Amazon by a margin of more than 2 to 1.

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If the final results show that workers in either location voted for a union, it would be a historic first at the online retail giant, which has long opposed unions.

Labor campaigns gained momentum during a nationwide labor crisis. Nine Starbucks U.S. stores (SBUX.O) voted to organize, along with more than 150 other election candidates. Read more Workers at another Staten Island Amazon warehouse, LDJ5, will also vote on whether to unionize starting April 25.

With nearly 2,700 ballots counted among workers at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island, about 57% of votes were in favor of a union, according to a Reuters tally of the tally overseen by the NLRB and broadcast on Zoom. . The count will resume Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. GMT).

In Bessemer, Alabama, the 1,900 valid ballots were counted Thursday with an additional 416 disputed ballots. The NLRB said it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks to determine whether any of the disputed ballots should be opened and counted.

Additionally, parties can object to conduct around the vote that could nullify the results as happened last year in Alabama.

The NLRB found that Amazon interfered inappropriately in the original contest, which the company won by a 2-to-1 margin. Read More

A simple majority of the votes cast is required to win. Neither the New York union nor the labor board said how many ballots were received on Staten Island.

Workers at the company’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island are voting whether to support a new union, the Amazon Labor Union. In Alabama, workers are voting to join the retail, wholesale and department store union.

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Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in Palo Alto, Calif. and Danielle Kaye in New York; Additional reporting by Doyinsola Oladipo and Hilary Russ in New York, Nivedita Balu and Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Henderson, Anna Driver and Lisa Shumaker

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