- Amazon installed drop boxes to collect votes on company property despite being told by the National Labor Relations Board staff not to do so.
- The ballot drop box installed inside Amazon’s Bessemer parking lot did not carry any postal insignia and alarmed many voters.
- USPS generated nearly $4 billion in revenue from Amazon in 2019 and tallied an embarrassing $1.6 billion of that in profit.
“After the failed union vote at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, the critical postmortems ignored a reality that may result in another election: Amazon cheated.
And Louis DeJoy, the Trump-era holdover dismantling the U.S. Postal Service, helped.
A May 7 labor board hearing will consider a request for a new vote sought by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Its complaint details a campaign of intimidation to pressure employees to reject the union.
The Labor Board has a long history of looking the other way when given evidence of cheating by employers in union elections. But this time may be different because of who helped cheat — from local on up to national officials.
The Jeff Bezos company installed drop boxes to collect votes on company property. Amazon placed these boxes despite being told by the National Labor Relations Board staff not to do so.
The drop boxes were placed with the connivance of the service led by DeJoy. Former President Donald Trump installed this high-rolling donor to worsen mail delivery during the fall presidential election Trump was hellbent to win. Less mail, less votes; less votes, less competition.
Here, we use the pejorative verb connivance because the drop box installed inside Amazon’s Bessemer parking lot did not carry any postal insignia.
Amazon can leverage the Postal Service because Amazon has made itself crucial to USPS finances.
The Postal Service generated nearly $4 billion in revenue from Amazon in 2019 and counted an eye-popping $1.6 billion of that in profit. The volume of business Amazon delivered grew bigly last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This reliance on Amazon for highly profitable business likely explains why, beyond his well-documented anti-union animus, DeJoy would help Amazon fight the union…”
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