The National Labor Relations Board informed a lawyer representing workers at Amazon this week that it justified accusations that the company violated labor law.
Labor board justifies accusations that the company needs workers attending anti-union meetings In a large Staten Island warehouse that houses the Amazon Labor Union won a stunning electoral victory last month. According to Seth Goldstein, an attorney who represents the union, the decision was communicated to the union on Friday by an attorney for the workers’ council’s district office in Brooklyn.
Such meetings, commonly known as “captive audience” meetings, are legal according to current working board precedents. But last month, the board’s general counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, said: posted a note He said the precedent contradicted the underlying federal statute and would seek to appeal against it.
In the same accusation, Amazon Labor Union accused the company of threatening to cut employee benefits if they voted to unionize, and falsely indicating to employees that they could be fired if the warehouse unionized and they did not pay the union. dues. According to an email from Matt Jackson, attorney at the district office, the study board also upheld these accusations.
Mr Jackson said the agency will soon issue a complaint reflecting these accusations unless Amazon resolves the case. The complaint was to be prosecuted before an administrative law judge, whose decision could be appealed to the working board in Washington.
Mr. Goldstein applauded Ms. Abruzzo and her district office for taking “decisive steps to end necessary audience meetings” and said the right to unionize would be “protected by ending Amazon’s inherently coercive work practices”.
A board spokesperson confirmed the findings. “We look forward to demonstrating these allegations throughout the process,” said Kelly Nantel, spokesperson for Amazon, in a statement.