The mailbox, located near the entrance to Amazon’s facilities, has emerged as key evidence in a union bid to nullify election results.
Security guards at a store on Amazon.com Inc. in Alabama had keys to a mailbox the company encouraged employees to use to vote their ballots in a high-profile union election in earlier this year, a worker said Friday at a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board.
Kevin Jackson, who has worked at the Bessemer warehouse for more than a year, said he saw two guards approach the mailbox and use the keys to open one of its doors. The mailbox, located near the entrance to the Amazon facility, has emerged as key evidence in a union attempt to overturn election results.
In an April 16 complaint, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union accused Amazon of misconduct, including issuing anti-union threats, firing an employee for distributing union cards, and pressuring workers to use the mailbox to vote.
The U.S. Postal Service provided the mailbox at Amazon’s request, and union officials accused the company of having the box installed to monitor workers’ voting. Federal law restricts the monitoring of workers’ union election activities. The union also alleges that the installation of the mailbox gave the impression that Amazon “controls the mechanics of the election,” according to an April 30 order from the regional director in office of the working board.
Amazon has routinely denied a later reason to request the mailbox, saying it has been installed to help ensure solid participation. “This mailbox – to which only USPS had access – was a simple, secure and completely optional way to facilitate employee voting, no more and no less,” the company said in a statement last month.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Jackson’s allegation.
The “cluster” mailbox has several doors with locks. Jackson said that when he left work one morning he saw security guards approaching the box, after which one of them used a key to open a large box at the bottom with the label. ” 1P “. “I’m not sure what I was looking for or looking for,” he said.
Amazon employees voted 1,798 against 738 against union union in a seven-week email election that ended in March. The board has the authority to invalidate election results in response to conduct that could have changed the outcome and prevented employees from freely choosing whether to unionize.