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Amazon plans to object to the election results in which workers at a New York warehouse voted to organize with the Amazon Labor Union, according to a deadline extension request the company filed with the National Labor Relations Board (or NLRB). In the document, which you can read in full below, Amazon says it is gathering evidence to show that the union “threatened to force employees to vote yes,” “employees who queued to vote” and ” threatened immigrants with loss of benefits if they did not vote.”

Amazon has not yet submitted its final, official objections, said Kayla Blado, a spokesperson for the NLRB. It has until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to do so, although the company has until April 22 to submit the evidence it claims to collect.

Amazon’s objection seemed almost inevitable. As news broke that workers had voted to unite 2,654 against 2,131 unions in a historic victory over the notorious anti-union company Amazon released a statement said it was evaluating its options, including “raising objections based on the NLRB’s undue and improper influence.” While the company’s main complaints appear to be with the union, the extension request does state that it plans to object to “fluff charges of unfair labor practices against Amazon.”

The NLRB has sued the company for allegedly firing employees in retaliation for union activities and has filed a complaint saying Amazon “threatened, monitored and questioned” employees in the run-up to the election. It also wants to prevent the company from forcing employees to attend “captive audience” meetings, where it presents anti-union discussion points to employees who are required to attend.

In response to Amazon’s objections, a lawyer from the ALU told ReutersSaying that the Amazon Labor Union threatened workers is really absurd, as the union is made up of company employees. Amazon did not respond immediately The edge‘s request for comment on Thursday.

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