Amazon workers in Alabama appeared to have voted against forming a union according to early results on Thursday, but have taken a significant lead in New York in what would be a historic win for organized labor at the tech giant.
Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama voted 993 to 875 against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSW), the Wall Street Journal reported. But with hundreds of contested ballots yet to be scrutinized, the results of the election are too close to call.
There were 416 ballots contested by Amazon (ticker: AMZN) and RWDSU – a margin big enough to still sway the result. The challenged ballots will be reviewed in a hearing in coming weeks, according to the National Labor Relations Board which is overseeing the election.
Meanwhile, a similar vote count is taking place at an Amazon warehouse on New York’s Staten Island. The Amazon Labor Union was ahead by a margin of 1,518 votes to 1,154 at the end of counting on Thursday, the Journal reported. The NLRB will resume the process on Friday, when the tally might conclude.
If a majority of Amazon workers vote to unionize, it would mark a major victory for organized labor at the tech giant, which is the second-largest private employer in the US, employing more than one million people.
Amazon has previously said it felt unions unnecessary and in the past year has raised pay and boosted benefits, as well as saying it will be better at listening to workers.
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