Amazon plans for new Alabama warehouse after US union defeat

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Amazon plans for new Alabama warehouse after US union defeat

Employees at another Amazon facility in Alabama last month voted decisively against forming a union, a move labour activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company.

Amazon said the new order fulfillment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that's being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County, Alabama in the United States [File: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters]
Amazon said the new order fulfillment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that’s being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County, Alabama in the United States [File: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters]

19 May 2021

Amazon announced plans for a new warehouse that will bring more than 500 jobs to north Alabama in the United States just weeks after workers at another company facility in the state soundly defeated a push for unionisation.

The company said the 93,000-square-metre (1 million-square-foot) order fulfilment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that’s being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County.

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Amazon plans for new Alabama warehouse after US union defeat

Employees at another Amazon facility in Alabama last month voted decisively against forming a union, a move labour activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company.

Amazon said the new order fulfillment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that's being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County, Alabama in the United States [File: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters]
Amazon said the new order fulfillment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that’s being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County, Alabama in the United States [File: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters]

19 May 2021

Amazon announced plans for a new warehouse that will bring more than 500 jobs to north Alabama in the United States just weeks after workers at another company facility in the state soundly defeated a push for unionisation.

The company said the 93,000-square-metre (1 million-square-foot) order fulfilment centre would be built near a new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that’s being constructed west of Huntsville in Limestone County.KEEP READINGAmazon offers $100 vaccine bonus to entice 75,000 US workersBlue Origin reveals $2.4M as current highest bid for rocket tripUS retail union accuses Amazon of interfering in Alabama voteUS Amazon workers’ union push draws global attention

“Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment, or rugs,” Owen Torres, a company spokesperson, said in a statement Tuesday.

Amazon already has warehouses near Mobile and in suburban Birmingham, where employees last month voted decisively against forming a union to cut off a drive that labour activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company.

The union push at Bessemer, located just west of Birmingham, was the biggest in the 26-year history of the online seller and only the second time that an organising move from within the company had come to a vote.

Since the start of the US coronavirus outbreak, shoppers have relied increasingly on Amazon for delivery of home staples and supplies. While brick-and-mortar stores closed, Amazon posted four consecutive record quarterly profits, attracted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers, and recruited over 500,000 workers to keep up with surging consumer demand. AL JAZEERA News

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