Unions seeking to represent workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama said late Wednesday that 3,215 votes had been cast – or about 55% of about 5,800 workers were eligible to vote. .
Ballots are expected to be counted by hand starting Thursday afternoon or Friday morning at the National Bureau of Industrial Relations office in Birmingham, according to the General Merchandise and Retail Consortium. The coalition says hundreds of votes are in dispute, mostly from Amazon.
The tally of votes will be displayed on a videoconference calling for a small number of outside people, including journalists, in addition to representatives from the union and the company.
Union elections are usually held in person, but the labor council determined that elections should be conducted by mail to minimize the risk of a pandemic. The ballots were sent to the worker in early February and will be due at the agency by March 30. Since then, Amazon and its union have a chance to challenge whether a particular worker qualifies. vote or not.
When the public counting of votes is done, the agency will announce the official result if the winning rate for one party is greater than the number of votes.
If the margins are narrower, it can take two to three weeks for the NLRB to hold a hearing to sort the disputed ballots and get evidence from both sides as to whether they should count.