Amazon appeared to beat back the most significant labor drive in
its history on Friday, when an initial tally showed that workers
at its giant warehouse in Alabama had voted decisively against
forming a union.
Workers cast 1,798 votes against a union, giving Amazon enough to
emphatically defeat the effort. Ballots in favor of a union
trailed at 738, less than 30 percent of the votes tallied,
according to a preliminary count. The results will still need to
be certified by federal officials.
The lopsided outcome at the 6,000-person warehouse in Bessemer,
Ala., dealt a crushing blow to labor organizers, Democrats and
their allies at a time when conditions have been ripe for unions
to make advances.
I’m not surprised this unionization drive failed, but I’m a little surprised the vote was so lopsided.