Amazon workers at a large US distribution center will begin voting Monday on whether to unionize after labor regulators rejected a request by the e-commerce giant to delay the process.
Ballots will be mailed to workers at the fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, and voting will continue through March 29, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union conducting the drive.
Amazon had asked the National Labor Relations Board last month to reconsider allowing mail-in balloting, and instead require in-person voting.
“Amazon’s blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own workforce was demonstrated yet again by its insistence for an in-person election in the middle of the pandemic,” union president Stuart Appelbaum said in a released statement.
“Today’s decision proves that it’s long past time that Amazon start