The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed a complaint against Amazon, alleging that the company illegally threatened, monitored and interrogated workers who attempted to unionize at its offices in Staten Island, New York. The company also reportedly hired a union counselor who told workers that the union organizers were “thugs” Motherboard.
MotherboardThe report, citing the NLRB complaint, details other alleged incidents between Amazon and union organizers, including multiple times when security guards prevented organizers from distributing pamphlets discussing unions. Amazon will either have to settle this case or get it to go to court, and the NLRB is reportedly calling for the implementation of training for union avoidance managers, supervisors, guards and advisers to ensure they follow suit. be aware of the legal rights of employees. .
The NLRB has had several other disputes with Amazon over employment law. In December, the company settled several matters with the regulator, agreeing to post messages to current and former employees about their rights to join a union and the legal protections they have against retaliation. Amazon also agreed to change rules that made it difficult for employees to organize together. The NLRB found that the company also violated labor laws during a union election in Bessemer, Alabama, and ordered a new lawsuit. In the original elections, workers voted more than two to one against unionization.
The NLRB sent The edge a statement from Kathy Drew King, regional director for Region 29 regarding his complaint. There is:
Workers have the right to join and form unions under federal labor law, and employers are prohibited from interfering with that right. Today, the NLRB filed a complaint against Amazon alleging that the company has repeatedly broken the law by threatening, monitoring and questioning its Staten Island warehouse workers who are involved in a union campaign. The complaint is intended to stop and remedy this illegal conduct to ensure that Amazon employees can freely and fairly exercise their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Amazon did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment. Motherboard reports that an Amazon spokesperson denied the allegations.
On Thursday, the Amazon Labor Union, which has organized itself in Amazon’s Staten Island branches, announced that it has successfully petitioned to hold union elections for the JFK8 warehouse. Election details will be determined after the NLRB hearing scheduled for February 16.