This past month’s Amazon union election in Alabama received more national attention than any other union election since the Boeing election in South Carolina in February 2017. The press covered it very closely. Politicians offered their views on it. Even President Biden commented on it.
Notwithstanding the publicity, the efforts of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) failed miserably. Despite a massive campaign by the RWDSU, only 12.5% of the eligible workers actually voted to unionize. Slightly more than half of the 5,800 employees in the proposed bargaining unit cast their ballots. 1,798 rejected unionization and only 738 employees voted in favor of RWDSU representation.