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Amazon faces biggest union push in its history

In this photo illustration, an Amazon logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo by Igor Golovniov / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is facing the biggest unionization push in its history. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Alabama, a state with laws that don’t favor unions.

A successful effort could motivate others throughout Amazon to organize. But workers, who want more break times and to be treated with respect, have an uphill battle.

A contract could take years, and Amazon has a history of crushing labor organizing. Mail-in voting started this week and will go on until the end of March.

A majority of the 6,000 employees have to vote “yes” in order to unionize.

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