The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finally begun counting ballots cast by Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, in one of the most widely-watched union elections in recent U.S. history.
Votes are being counted by hand in Birmingham, in front of a Zoom audience of reporters, union officials, Amazon representatives, and other observers.
Amazon is the nation's second largest employer, and has long taken an anti-union stance toward its workforce. Working conditions at Amazon are famously brutal, with serious injury rates that are double the warehouse industry average. If the union wins, it would be the first to represent