Amazon threatened warehouse workers organizing amid COVID-19 pandemic, says US labor board complaint

Amazon threatened warehouse workers organizing amid COVID-19 pandemic, says US labor board complaint


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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found merit to the claim that Amazon threatened and retaliated against workers protesting the company’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an NLRB complaint obtained by Motherboard. The case, which centers on a warehouse in Queens, New York, was settled before it went to trial.

The NLRB investigation found that warehouse managers may have violated US labor law on four accounts, Motherboard reports. During the pandemic, they allegedly instructed employees not to organize without first notifying them, interrogated workers about the walkout, and threatened to discipline those who spoke to colleagues about the protests.

The complaint reportedly said that Amazon illegally interrogated…

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