Sunday, January 23, 2022

Amazon ties up with NLRB to give employees the power to organize. Nation World News

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Amazon, under pressure to reform labor rights, has struck a deal with the National Labor Relations Board to allow its employees to organize freely — and without retaliation.

As per the agreement, the online behemoth said it would reach out to its warehouse employees – former and present – via email who were on the job at any time since March 22, to inform them of their organizing rights. The agreement states that Amazon employees, which number 750,000 in the US, have more room to organize within buildings. For example, Amazon pledged that it would not threaten employees with discipline or call the police when they engage in union activity in outside non-work areas during non-working hours.

“Whether a company has 10 employees or one million employees, it must comply with the National Labor Relations Act,” Jennifer Abruzzo, General Counsel of the NLRB, said in a statement. “This settlement agreement provides an important commitment from Amazon to its millions of workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to work collectively to improve their workplace by forming a union or by taking other collective action. “

He added that “working people should be aware that the National Labor Relations Board will vigorously endeavor to ensure compliance with Amazon’s agreement and to protect the labor rights of all workers.” Inc., based in Seattle, could not immediately be reached for comment.

This year, Amazon has faced organized efforts in warehouses in Alabama and New York. The effort came amid growing labor unrest at other companies in the United States. Other companies, such as Kellogg’s, Starbucks and Deere, are also fighting against the organizing effort.

The unrest comes as a labor shortage is giving workers a rare upper hand in wage negotiations and demands for more flexibility in their work schedules.


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