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ALABAMA SONG: Workers start at $15 an hour for physically grueling labor. P H O T O : A S S O C I A T E D P R E S S 16 C I N E M O N T A G E G E T T I N G O R G A N I Z E D tallied mail-in ballots in early April, the union drive went down to defeat by a ratio of more than two to one. (Part of the reason for the lopsided vote was man- agement's challenge to the legitimacy of several hundred ballots that therefore went uncounted, but, even if each chal- lenged ballot had been for unionization, they would have been insufficient to close the gap.) In the aftermath of that heart-break- ing loss, much — arguably too much — has been written about just how the election at BHM1 went wrong. Usefully, from the perspective of public policy, the media attention to employers' bul- lying tactics, both legal and illegal, has underscored the urgency of passing the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, legislation that would overhaul federal labor law and make it appreciably more difficult for employers to interfere in their employees' democratic decision to organize. Under existing law, there are no substantive penalties for employers who engage in coercion or deceit to deny workers a free and fair union election. Amazon has been charged with having committed 23 distinct violations of the National L abor Relations Act in the

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