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Amazon wins vote preventing Alabama warehouse workers from unionising

Amazon wins vote preventing Alabama warehouse workers from unionising

Technology
Amazon workers have voted not to unionise at one of the company's warehouses in Alabama in a major victory for the company.The majority of the 3,215 votes cast from roughly 5,800 workers in Bessemer, Alabama, were against unionising, according to a preliminary count by the US National Labor Relations Board. Defeating the move to unionise will be seen as a great success for Amazon, which has reportedly spent millions to monitor and tackle union activities among its workforce, including hiring intelligence analysts to track staff suspected of organising. Image: The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is bringing a complaint against the company. Pic: AP The Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has complained that ...

Vote counting underway in Amazon union election

Technology
Vote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it’s a close raceBy JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterApril 8, 2021, 10:11 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleVote counting in the union push at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is underway, but hundreds of contested ballots could muddy the outcome if it's a close race.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Bessemer workers, said that 3,215 votes were sent in — about 55% of the nearly 6,000 workers who were eligible to vote. The union said hundreds of those votes were contested, mostly by Amazon, for various reasons such as the voter didn’t work there or doesn’t qualify to...
Israel election: Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

Israel election: Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

World
ReutersIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu could struggle to secure enough seats in parliament to stay in power, incomplete results from Tuesday's election show.With about 90% of votes counted, his right-wing bloc is course to win 59 seats - two short of the threshold.In a surprise development, an Arab party which is projected to win five seats could hold the balance of power.The final outcome will among other things determine the course of Israel's relations with the Palestinians.The Arab party, Raam, has not declared whether it will support the efforts of Mr Netanyahu - an unnatural ally - to form a government or those of the bloc opposed to him remaining in office.Those parties have garnered 56 seats, according to the latest tally, and although backing from Raam could give them a sufficient n...

Sen. Joe Manchin open to party-line vote on future bills with voting rights legislation now in focus

Finance
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA) removes his mask to speak as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | ReutersSen. Joe Manchin, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said he would consider passing legislation through a party-line vote again but only in a situation where Democrats have tried to engage Republicans.Manchin's comments come as the Biden administration and Democratic lawmakers look toward other top priorities, including voting rights legislation, after they passed a $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief bill without any Republican support in the evenly divided Senate this weekend.The massive stimulus package was ...
House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

Technology
WASHINGTON -- The House approved a $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on a near party-line 219-212 vote early Saturday. That ships the massive measure to the Senate, where Democrats seem bent on resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues.Democrats said the still-faltering economy and the half-million American lives lost demanded quick, decisive action. GOP lawmakers, they said, were out of step with a public that polling shows largely views the bill ...