PRO Act Could Mean US Will Determine Winners of Unionization Drives

More than 70 percent of the employees of Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, facility voted against joining a union, but that’s not the last word by far, especially if the Democrats’ PRO Act becomes law. A total of 3,215 of the Amazon warehouse’s 5,800 employees cast mail-in ballots in the April 9 election, with 1,798, or 70.9 percent, voting against unionizing under the banner of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The union needed 50 percent plus one to win. The vote was closely watched by political observers as it represented an effort to achieve a union breakthrough in the Big Tech industry, which is largely non-union. Under current law, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could order a new election if the RWDSU files an unfair labor practices charge against Amazon concerning the election. But under the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) that passed the House with …

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