US Judge Orders Amazon to Cease and Desist from Union Retaliation, Ruling Acknowledges Amazon’s Illegal Conduct


Amazon will this week be forced to read a public notice to all employees at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, where workers won Amazon’s first union election, saying it will cease and desist. Refrain from retaliating against those involved in organizing.

The petition alleged that Amazon wrongfully fired a JFK8 employee for speaking out with co-workers about workplace health and safety protections in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and for protesting with co-workers Amazon’s failure to provide greater safety protections to the employees.

Although the injunction does not order the employee’s temporary reinstatement at this time, it orders Amazon to cease and desist from terminating any employee for NLRA-protected activities or from interfering with, restricting, or coercing employees from exercising their rights under the National Labor Relations Action. If Amazon violates the cease and desist order, it can be held in contempt of court.

The judge’s order in this case recognizes Amazon’s illegal conduct and provides the full force of a federal injunction to prevent Amazon from continuing to fire employees for engaging in concerted protected activity, Teresa Poor said. Director of Brooklyn Area 29. This relief is essential to ensure that Amazon employees can fully and freely exercise their rights to organize and improve their working conditions, including by forming, assisting or joining a union.

Amazon does not want their employees to form unions at all. According to analysts, if this happens, the company may lose its stranglehold on its employees. Many attempts by workers at the world’s largest retailer to organize have failed in the past, but that could change with the historic vote initiated by warehouse workers in suburban Bessemer, Alabama. Recently, however, warehouse workers have started receiving a letter from the company asking them to vote “no” in the election and to send the envelope quickly so the vote counts.

On November 18, US District Judge Diane Gujarati ruled that Amazon would stop retaliating against workers organizing at the workplace in response to the firing of Amazon employee Gerald Bryson. , in April 2020. She included in her decision that Amazon publicly read its 30-page decision to employees.

Although the order does not reinstate Bryson, Amazon could be held in contempt of court if found to be in violation of the order. The judge’s order in this case recognizes Amazon’s illegal conduct and provides the full force of a federal injunction to prevent Amazon from continuing to fire employees for engaging in concerted activity, Teresa said. Poor, the regional director of the Brooklyn office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a statement.

This relief is essential to ensure that Amazon employees everywhere can fully and freely exercise their rights to organize and improve their working conditions, including by forming, assisting or joining a union.

The Amazon Labor Union (ALU) won a historic victory on April 1, becoming the first union ever to successfully organize Amazon employees. Christian Smalls, a fired worker motivated by what he saw as mistreatment, rallied his colleagues throughout the process and in January 2022 won just enough votes to qualify for an official election.

Workers at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse voted to unionize by 2,654 votes to 2,131, becoming the first to pass a union referendum in April. Having a union at Amazon would give us the right to collectively bargain our working conditions, including things like safety standards, training, breaks, wages, benefits, etc. important issues that would improve our workplace.

Amazon occasionally fixes problems at work, but all that is temporary. A union contract is written, negotiated and Amazon legally has to follow the guidelines and there are mechanisms to hold them legally accountable to us as workers. There is no other way to have this type of relationship with Amazon than to have a union, we read on the website dedicated to the matter.

The company has since thwarted attempts to organize other warehouses. Several reports over the years have shown how Amazon has always fought to prevent its employees around the world from unionizing. An attempt by Amazon France employees to unionize failed in early 2020. After initially offering bonuses of up to $2,000 to certain employees to get them to resign and thus prevent the vote, Amazon also sent employees instructions asking them to vote no.

The public reading of the court order to the workers comes as the Amazon Labor Union holds a public protest on the sidelines of a public appearance by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy at the New York Dealbook Summit event. York Times Manhattan. “If Jassy comes to New York, he should come to negotiate a contract with Amazon workers, not show off or practice union-busting,” Amazon’s labor union president Chris Smalls said in a statement.

It’s time for Amazon and its CEO to respect workers’ rights and join UAL to improve working conditions instead of behaving like a reckless, wasteful, law-breaking company. Amazon attempted to challenge the election of the JFK8 union after the independent Amazon Labor Union won, but lost that challenge and the NLRB recommended certification of the union.

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