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RWDSU filing Unfair Labor Practice charges against Amazon during re-run election

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Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST
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BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced members will be filing Unfair Labor Practice charges (ULPs) against Amazon claiming the company has engaged in misconduct during the re-run union election in Bessemer.

This is the second set of ULP charges by the Union.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said it concluded Amazon interfered with employees’ rights to a free and fair election during the first election which led to a re-run.

SUMMARY OF ULP CHARGES:

  • Removal of Union Literature from Breakrooms: BAmazon Union Worker Organizing Committee members have been posting pro-union literature in non-work areas on non-working time alongside anti-union postings from the company. These BAmazon Union fliers were removed by Amazon in violation of the law.
  • Promulgating of a New Rule: Amazon promulgated a new rule limiting workers’ access inside the facility for any time period greater than 30-minutes prior to and after their shift. This rule is not in their policy handbook and violates status-quo under the law.
  • Challenge Captive-Audience Meetings: Section 7 of the NLRA guarantees employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection,” as well as the right “to refrain from any or all such activities.” When workers are forced to attend required meetings during work-hours to hear the company’s anti-union propaganda that violates their right “to refrain from any or all such activities.” This ULP charges that Amazon is in violation of Section 8 (a)(1) and/or 8 (a)(3) of the Act and seeks to challenge the current, yet often challenged, case-law precedent, which has for too long allowed employers to compel attendance to anti-union meetings. These aptly named “Captive-Audience” meetings are coercive and workers should have the right, as is already protected under the law in Section 8, to not engage in them. The ULP charge seeks remedy via review of this law by the newly seated NLRB.

Here is a statement from Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson:

“While we haven’t seen today’s filing yet, we’re confident that our teams have fully complied with the law. Our focus remains on working directly with our team to make Amazon a great place to work.”

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