Deadline up for ballots Amazon warehouse employees' effort to unionize, tally expected in days

The results of the mail-in balloting for the roughly 6,000 employees are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Updated: March 29, 2021 - 12:31pm

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Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama have until Monday to decide on whether to unionize, with the results from the thousands of mail-in ballots expected to be announced in the coming days. 

Roughly 6,000 Amazon employees at the Birmingham-area  warehouse will submit mail-in ballots on joining the the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, according to People's World, a pro-union paper.

The months-long fight to unionize has garnered national attention, as the giant online retailer faces its first major test from unions to organize workers.

Last week, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, visited the site to support the pro-union effort, with the balloting outcome apparently too close to call.

"I do think the union’s going to win the election. Whether it’s overwhelming or not, I don’t know. But I do think there’s enough momentum to win," said Robin Kelley, a history professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, according to The Guardian.

John Logan, an expert on corporations and professor at San Francisco State was less certain about a union win.

"I wouldn’t put money on the union winning," he said. "But I do think there’s a chance."