Amazon is searching for to overturn the historic union victory at one in every of its New York City warehouses, arguing in a authorized submitting Friday that union organizers and the National Labor Relations Board acted in a manner that tainted the outcomes. It now desires to redo the election.
The e-commerce big listed 25 objections within the submitting obtained by The Associated Press, accusing organizers with the nascent Amazon Labor Union of intimidating employees to vote for the union, a declare an lawyer representing the group has known as “patently absurd.”
“The employees have spoken,” Eric Milner, the lawyer, stated Thursday in an announcement after Amazon’s preliminary deliberate objections had been made public in one other authorized submitting. “Amazon is choosing to ignore that, and instead engage in stalling tactics to avoid the inevitable — coming to the bargaining table and negotiating for a contract” on behalf of the employees, he stated.
Warehouse employees in Staten Island solid 2,654 votes — or about 55% — in favor of a union, giving the fledgling group sufficient help to drag off a victory final Friday.
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In one objection, Amazon stated organizers “intentionally created hostile confrontations in front of eligible voters,” by interrupting the necessary conferences it held to influence its staff to reject the union drive. In a submitting launched final week, the corporate disclosed it spent about $4.2 million final 12 months on labor consultants.
In one other objection, Amazon focused organizers’ distribution of hashish to employees, saying the labor board “cannot condone such a practice as a legitimate method of obtaining support for a labor organization.” New York legalized the recreational use of marijuana last year for those over 21.
The company had initially signaled it planned to challenge the election results based on a lawsuit the NLRB filed in March in which the board sought to force Amazon to reinstate a fired employee who was involved in the union drive.
The company pointed to the lawsuit in one of its objections filed Friday, saying the regional NLRB office that brought the suit “failed to protect the integrity and neutrality of its procedures,” and had created an impression of help for the union by searching for reinstatement for the previous worker, Gerald Bryson.
“Based on the evidence we’ve seen so far, as set out in our objections, we believe that the actions of the NLRB and the ALU improperly suppressed and influenced the vote, and we think the election should be conducted again so that a fair and broadly representative vote can be had,” Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement.
Bryson was fired in the early days of the pandemic after leading a protest calling for the company to do more to protect workers against COVID-19. While off the job during the protest, Bryson got into a dispute with another worker and was later fired for violating Amazon’s vulgar-language policy, according to his attorney Frank Kearl.
The NLRB did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Its spokesperson, Kayla Blado, has previously said the independent agency has been authorized by Congress to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.
“All NLRB enforcement actions against Amazon have been consistent with that Congressional mandate,” she stated.
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