A federal official from the National Labor Relations Board is recommending holding a new vote and nullifying the results from a closely watched contest in which Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Alabama cast ballots overwhelmingly against unionizing, according to the union in the case.

An Amazon

spokeswoman said employees “had a chance to be heard during a noisy time when all types of voices were weighing into the national debate, and at the end of the day, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of a direct connection with their managers and the company.” Amazon will appeal the recommendation, she said.

An NLRB hearing officer found that Amazon’s actions in the election process violated labor law during the election process, said the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, which ran the unionization campaign in Bessemer, Ala., and accused Amazon of intimidating workers, a charge the company denied.

As of Monday afternoon, the NLRB hadn’t made public the recommendation. A NLRB spokesman said the agency was looking into the matter.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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