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First Amazon union effort appears to be failing in Alabama

Amazon is profitable a carefully watched election at an Alabama warehouse — the place some staff are hoping to develop into the primary on the international e-commerce large to unionize.

With about half of the ballots cast counted Thursday, about 70 % of staff on the warehouse in Bessemer sided with Amazon and towards unionization, the Wall Street Journal reported.

More than 3,200 staff on the warehouse — a little bit greater than half of these working there — have cast ballots indicating in the event that they wished to be part of the nationwide Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Amazon has lobbied onerous towards unionization, together with by launching an internet site — — that daunts staff from organizing.

The union has criticized Amazon’s anti-union marketing campaign, together with the way it held obligatory conferences the place staff have been discouraged from organizing.

The ballots are being counted by officers from the federal National Labor Relations Board; counting has completed for the day and resumes Friday. A closing consequence should be days away.

With some 950,000 staff, Amazon is the nation’s second-largest employer after Walmart, the Journal reported.