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Teamsters to vote on resolution aimed at unionizing Amazon employees
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the United States' largest and most powerful unions with 1.4 million members, is planning to launch a coordinated effort to unionize Amazon employees.
Teamsters will introduce a resolution, dubbed "Building Worker Power at Amazon," during the organization's 30th International Convention on Tuesday, which will be voted on by 500 local Teamsters union delegates on Thursday. If approved, the resolution will establish an Amazon-specific division which will aid and fully fund efforts to unionize the e-commerce giant's employees across the country as well as defend existing logistics industry standards.
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The move marks a shift in approach after Amazon employees at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, voted overwhelmingly against unionizing in April.
Of the approximately 3,041 out of roughly 5,800 employees who mailed in ballots to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), only 738 voted in favor of being represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, compared to about 1,798 warehouse workers who voted against the effort. Meanwhile, 76 votes were void and 505 were contested by either Amazon or the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.