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Settlement forces Amazon to tell workers they can’t be fired for organizing.Former Amazon employees get back pay after alleging they were illegally fired.

Settlement forces Amazon to tell workers they can’t be fired for organizing.Former Amazon employees get back pay after alleging they were illegally fired.

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  1. Amazon will simply change tactics.

    One possibility is that they may close sites in their entirety. Sure, it might cost more to ship from another warehouse, but Amazon has the money to do such things with hardly a second thought.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see who wins this fight.

  2. They’ll still get corporate eyes on them as soon as they even mention organizing. And I betcha they’ll find some obscure reason to fire said employee or double their workload until they can fire them for failing to finish their work. Same stuffs been going on at Walmart forever.

  3. I’m was a flex employee which means I have to work ten hours a month to keep my job.

    I broke my hand (at another job) and was out for eight weeks so I had to file medical leave to retain my position. I sent x-rays, doctors notes, all my medical paperwork etc.

    My leave got denied and I was promptly fired. I would sue but they won a case where they literally indirectly killed a man and they continue to win these cases.

    They don’t even settle a lot of the time so it doesn’t seem worth it as someone who can’t afford a lawyer.

  4. I wonder why supply and demand isn’t enough for these workers to get better conditions. I’m guessing it’s not as easy it would seem to get a different warehouse job?

  5. TBH the complaint by the employees was bogus in the context of WA labor laws. Yes, there are federal laws that prohobit employers from suppressing or retaliating against the formation of unions. But this is obviously not what these corporate white-collar employees were doing. They were complaining on internal message boards (which seems to be the style these days) about the company’s climate irresponsibility and treatment of warehouse workers. And like it or not, WA is an “at will” state which means anyone can fire you for any reason *except* for a handful of protected classifications such as sex, race, or religion. Or for trying to organize a union. Or for being a whistleblower re. certain crimes.

    But my guess is that being forced to argue “No no we didn’t fire them for trying to unionize, we fired them for criticizing our blatant irresponsibility regarding climate change and our shit treatment of warehouse workers, which is technically legal for us to do here in WA.” isn’t exactly something you want plastered across the internet. Hence the private settlement.

    The requirement to post employee unionisation rights is probably because not doing so is the only objective violation they actually committed. IIRC all employers above a certain size are required to post this notice anyway.

  6. same thing at Tysons – they talk about how bad unions are (some plant was shut down because of it etc etc) and how it’s worse for everyone involved

    and yet unions get better pay, medical care, etc ???? explain this

  7. If it’s anything like my toxic retail workplaces in the past, there’s gonna be a lot more employee progress reports with the managers finding any little reason to let someone go for maximum plausible deniability.

  8. Good, step one is to win a case that shouldnt exist because a company is exploiting labour. Step two is to organise and push for labour laws so that labour exploitation can go away and living wages keep up with inflation, workers are protected, democratisation of the workplace can happen….

  9. Want to buy the very lowest quality product which may not even work the first time? Great just give the richest man in the world more money so he can keep supplying the world with shitty products while torturing his workers and paying no tax.

  10. Costa and Cunningham were tech workers at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and were fired in April 2020. “Both were active in an internal employee group advocating for climate issues and had circulated a petition inside the company calling on Amazon to expand benefits and pay for employees in warehouses,”

    In April of this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Amazon acted illegally and in retaliation when it fired them. NLRB “staff told Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Costa that it would accuse Amazon of unfair labor practices if the company did not settle the case,”

    The NLRB scheduled a hearing for Tuesday of this week. NLRB Administrative Law Judge John Giannopoulos reportedly announced the settlement at Wednesday’s hearing. Amazon also confirmed the settlement to news organizations, saying, “We have reached a mutual agreement that resolves the legal issues in this case and welcome the resolution of this matter.”

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