Tuberville questions the reason for the second election of the Bessemer Amazon union


US Senator Tommy Tuberville is once again questioning the decision to allow a second union election at Amazon’s Bessemer fulfillment center – on the eve of the vote count.

The Alabama Republican is one of two U.S. senators to sign a letter to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that ordered the election. Senator Richard Burr (RN.C.), a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, also signed the letter.

In February, the pair sent a similar letter to Regional Director Lisa Henderson, saying the ruling that called for a second election “indicates a troubling trend on the part of the NLRB to alter the facts in favor of a pro-people outcome.” unions”. They also asked six questions in the previous letter, asking for answers by February 22.

Mail-in ballots were sent last month to around 6,100 workers at the plant, which they will have until Monday to complete and return. The election will be about whether warehouse workers want to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). A similar vote last year came out strongly in favor of Amazon against unionization.

In ordering a second election, the NLRB ruled that Amazon corrupted the first mail-in ballot by setting up a mailbox under a tent on the Bessemer campus, giving employees the impression that the company was running the election and that they were monitored if they voted their ballots at the mailbox.

In the three-page letter, dated today, the senators say their previous letter was answered by a member of the Congressional Affairs staff, not Henderson, and that none of their questions were answered. Answer. They are also focusing some of their attention on NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, who they say gave interviews to “partisan media telegraphing her intent to interfere with the freelance work of regional directors.”

“This raises concerns that the Order seeking the extraordinary remedy of a new election at Amazon’s Bessemer distribution warehouse is less about improper employer interference and more about Ms. Abruzzo’s need to secure a particular outcome,” the letter reads.

The senators are also asking six questions about any contact between NLRB officials in Washington or Abruzzo and the regional director’s office about the results of the first election or challenging the union. They also requested any related correspondence, with responses, by April 7.


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