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US: Amazon CEO violates labor laws by speaking out against unions

US: Amazon CEO violates labor laws by speaking out against unions

A US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge issued a ruling last Wednesday (1), accusing Amazon CEO Andy Jassy of violating labor laws by making “forced statements” about unions during interviews conducted in 2022. from on the edge.

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The decision, based on a complaint filed in October 2022, cited three cases in which Jassy made negative comments about unions.

One of them was during an interview with CNBC in April 2022, in which Jassi said that if a union was not formed, employees would be “fine.”

On two other occasions, the CEO made similar comments in interviews during the event Dealbook The New York Times and Technology SummitFrom Bloomberg.

“What we tell our employees in our distribution centers is that for some reason we think they’d be better off without a union,” Jassy said. Dealbook.

“One of those reasons is that we try to hire people who are coachable. If they find ways to improve the experience of customers or their team members, they can fix the problem, they don’t have to go to a union.

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NLRB judge believes Amazon’s anti-union stance threatens workers

  • In the ruling, NLRB Judge Brian Gee said Jassey’s statements “intimidated employees,” adding that “if they chose to unionize, they would have less power and difficulty getting things done quickly.”
  • Judge Gee’s recommendation is that Amazon stop publishing threatening statements about unions.
  • Another suggestion is that Amazon post a notice at its facilities reminding workers of their rights.

“We strongly disagree that any part of these comments were inappropriate and intend to appeal,” Amazon spokeswoman Mary Kate Paradis told The Verge.

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Amazon’s relationship with the NLRB is generally not good. The company has faced numerous complaints and allegations from the regulator in the past about violating labor laws, and has even claimed that the company is unconstitutional.

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