Biden to Alabama Amazon Workers Pondering Unionizing: Vote

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No one could ever accuse President Joe Biden of not encouraging people to vote. That goes for Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report workers in Alabama considering joining a union

Workers at the facility in Bessemer, Alabama received support from Biden on Sunday, with the president saying workers there should be able to make their own choice about whether to join a union.

“The choice to join a union is up to the workers - full stop, full stop," Biden said in a direct-to-camera video produced by the White House and given first to Bloomberg News. "There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda,” he said.

The effort at the Amazon facility 15 miles southwest of Birmingham is the largest unionization effort at Amazon to date. Amazon’s request last month to delay union elections at the Alabama warehouses was denied by the National Labor Relations Board.

Some 6,000 workers at the Bessemer, Ala., facility, will choose whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Mail-in voting for 6,000 workers began in mid-February and will continue until the end of March.

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