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The most closely watched union election in recent history is underway in Alabama, where almost 6,000 workers at an Amazon warehouse near Birmingham are voting on whether they want to form a union.

The unionization effort, which began last summer, is the largest and most viable organizing campaign among Amazon workers in the United States.

The union deployed organizers who worked at nearby warehouses and poultry processing facilities to focus full time on talking to workers at the Amazon warehouse.

By late December, more than 2,000 workers signed cards indicating they wanted an election, the union said.

The National Labor Relations Board determined that those signatures signaled “sufficient” interest in holding a vote.

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