BESSEMER, Ala. — Amazon warehouse workers here voted overwhelmingly against forming a union Friday after a monthslong campaign in which labor had hoped to make inroads into the sprawling company.
As of Friday morning, 1,798 employees voted against unionizing, compared to 738 in favor.
If it had been approved, the union would have been the first in the United States for Amazon, the country’s second-largest employer.
Even as the vote was being completed, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, or RWDSU, the union seeking to represent the 5,800 workers in Bessemer, said it would challenge the vote by filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. It will allege that Amazon broke the law with some of its anti-union activity in the run-up to the election.
“We demand a comprehensive investigation over Amazon’s behavior in corrupting this election,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the RWDSU….