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There's news - though probably not the news you were expecting - from Bessemer, Alabama, where there has been a vote on unionization taking place at an Amazon distribution center there.

Even though weeks of voting ended on March 29, the ballots have not yet been counted.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that it is expected that the counting is expected to begin today or tomorrow.  Over the past 10 days, the story says, "the National Labor Relations Board has been processing ballots to ensure they are valid and allow both parties an opportunity to contest the eligibility of each one."

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which has been at the forefront of the unionization effort, "said there were hundreds of ballots challenged over voter eligibility during the processing of ballots."


•  Fox News reports that "Amazon has challenged hundreds of ballots," far more than were said to be challenged by the union.


•  CNBC writes that "more than 3,200 ballots were cast in a high stakes union election at one of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.  The election was open to more than 5,800 employees … With 3,215 total ballots cast, that resulted in a turnout rate of roughly 55%, which is higher than what the RWDSU initially estimated."

KC's View:

It seems likely to me that however the initial vote count turns out, there will be legal challenges that will prolong the suspense.

But I must admit that I cannot quite get over the idea that only 55 percent of the workers at the warehouse voted, and that the union thought this way a high turnout.

Really?  Is it possible that 45 percent of workers don't even have a freakin' opinion

What is seems to suggest is however the vote goes, it potentially can be won by a side that gets just 28 percent of the total workforce to vote its way.