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An e-commerce giant, Amazon.com Inc, has set up a mailbox to collect ballots and encourages employees to vote against organization, according to a report from a US National Labor Relations Board hearing officer. Interfered with union elections by distributing.
NLRB officials recommended a re-run of the groundbreaking Amazon union elections in Alabama on Monday. There, employees overwhelmingly voted against making their warehouse the first online retailer to organize in the United States.
NLRB’s regional director said he called on board officials not to appoint on Monday that he would decide whether to order reruns based on recommendations in the coming weeks.
The April election results showed that workers rejected the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU) effort to organize Amazon facilities by more than 2: 1.
Amazon summarized the statement it provided on Monday and said it would appeal.
“Our employees have the opportunity to hear all sorts of voices during the noisy times of national debate, and in the end they overwhelmingly agree with their direct ties with their bosses and the company. “The company said.
Amazon’s efforts to force the United States Postal Service to set up mailboxes outside Bessemer, Alabama, NLRB’s report, deprive NLRB of its exclusive role in managing union elections and to vote fairly. Interfered with the necessary conditions. on Tuesday.
Security cameras overlooking the mailbox location gave employees the impression that they were under surveillance, hearings found. She added that the tents built around the mailbox adorned with the company’s campaign slogan weren’t enough to invalidate the vote, but they were equivalent to a polluted election.
Hearing officers were also uncomfortable with Amazon distributing “non-voting” pins and other anti-organizational tools to employees in front of managers and supervisors.
Amazon said mailboxes were set up to provide nearly 6,000 voters with a convenient option to return ballots, and tents protected workers from cameras in front of the collection box.
Hearing officers reported that the company did not maintain a list of workers who received the tools, so it was undisputed to distribute anti-union materials to employees in front of the manager.
Nonetheless, the Inquisitor’s recommendations question Amazon’s victory over union activity in a contest that corresponds to the retreat of the US labor movement. The union’s organizing campaign has garnered implicit support from US President Joe Biden and lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders, who visited the warehouse.
US labor law prohibits companies from spying on the organization of their activities or leaving employees with the impression that they are under surveillance. Also, if other actions are found to be compulsory, they are prohibited.
Still, employers such as Amazon have a wide range of legal freedoms to actively campaign, such as requiring employees to attend compulsory meetings that take a negative view of trade unions. .. Amazon held such a meeting, sent text messages to employees, and displayed campaign material on at least one of the toilet stalls in the Alabama warehouse.
Additional reports by Nandita Bose of Washington and Jeffrey Dastin of San Francisco. Edited by Anna Driver and Marguerita Choy.