A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing officer recommended on Monday that employees at an Amazon plant in Bessemer, Alabama, hold a second election due to interference and intimidation by the retail giant.
Amazon opened its Bessemer fulfillment plant in March 2020, which coincided with the beginning of the pandemic. A lack of COVID-19 safety measures and a surge in protests spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement prompted workers, 85 percent of whom are Black, to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) last October. Shortly after, they filed a union election petition with the NLRB in November.
During the union drive, Amazon engaged in several tactics meant to dissuade workers from supporting the unionization effort. According to the hearing master’s report, they held mandatory “captive audience meetings” that were broken into four phases. Each phase had a new theme meant to promote the corporation’s anti-union stance. These
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