Labor board charges Amazon for retaliation against striking worker2021-03-22 20:31 by Daniela
An Amazon warehouse worker underwent intense questioning after helping organize walkouts in March 2020 over COVID-19 safety concerns, in violation of federal labor laws, according to a report from Vice. The worker, Jonathan Bailey, was reportedly interrogated for 90 minutes and written up for harassing his co-workers, some of whom felt "hurt" by the walkout, he was told.
Bailey led 13 workers in a walkout from a company warehouse in New York City's Queens borough on March 20, 2020, after a colleague tested positive for the virus and was sent home. That followed another walkout at the same warehouse two days earlier under similar circumstances, for which Bailey was also a lead organizer.
Bailey filed a complaint with the NLRB and reached a settlement with Amazon on documents dated March 3, 2021. The settlement resolved part of the issue, but the NLRB still issued a determination that Amazon had broken federal labor laws at least four times. Specific violations included ordering employees not to organize "without first notifying [them]," threatening to discipline organizers, and "[interrogating] employees about their participation," according to agency documents obtained by Motherboard.
Amazon is disputing the results of the NLRB investigation.
"While we disagree with allegations made in the case, we are pleased to put this matter behind us," said spokesperson Leah Seay, in a statement emailed to The Verge. "The health and safety of our employees is our top priority and we are proud to provide inclusive environments, where employees can excel without fear of retaliation, intimidation or harassment."
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