Amazon seeks to halt union elections in Alabama warehouse

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has filed a motion asking the United States National Labor Relations Board to suspend union elections at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, which is scheduled to begin February 8.

The company has also requested a review of an earlier decision by the Labor Relations Board to hold the election by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a file dated Jan.21.

Amazon’s first U.S. union election since 2014 was due to start here with the ballots being sent out in early February and a vote count starting March 30. The e-commerce giant, which is the second-largest private employer in the United States after Walmart Inc., has long avoided unionization and trained managers to spot unionization activity.

The company alleged multiple shortcomings in the Labor Relations Board precedent, mistakes made by the acting regional director and missed opportunities for improvements in postal voting to support his motion.

The union declined to comment on the matter.

Report by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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