Amazon has officially objected to the Amazon Labor Union victory in Staten Island, New York, and is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to order new elections. The objections extend to a document the company recently submitted signaling its intention to contest the election results – the company now says ALU members “intimidated staff”, “taped voters at the polling station” and “in exchange for Distributed marijuana to employees.” their support.” an excerpt posted by financial times Reporter Dave Lee.
The full complaint was not immediately available from the NLRB on Friday. The Amazon Labor Union did not respond immediately The edge‘s request for comment.
In a statement emailed to The edgeAmazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said: “Based on the evidence we have seen to date, as set out in our objections, we believe the actions of the NLRB and ALU unduly suppressed and influenced the vote and we think the Voting to do so should be reconducted to allow for a fair and broadly representative vote.”
Amazon was unable to deliver The edge with a copy of his objections. The company recently asked the NLRB to give it more time to gather evidence, which it was granted – it has to provide documentation to the agency by April 22.
In the complaint, the company says the NLRB “failed to protect the integrity and neutrality of its procedures,” it said Bloomberg. In the document filed Wednesday, Amazon objected to “frivolous allegations of unfair labor practices against Amazon.” The NLRB has filed several complaints and lawsuits against Amazon, alleging that the company fired workers in retaliation for the organization and that company officials intimidated and monitored workers.
“The NLRB is an independent federal agency that Congress has mandated to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. All NLRB enforcement actions against Amazon have been consistent with this mandate from Congress,” Kayla Blado, a spokeswoman for the NLRB, said in an email to The edge.
Amazon is citing a precedent in its request to annul the election results. In its filing, the company says: “The actions of both the region and the ALU are far more egregious than the installation of a mailbox by the United States Postal Service, which the board concluded destroyed the laboratory conditions in Amazon’s landslide election victory.” and compromised.” during the union movement in Bessemer, Alabama. The company goes on to say, “The improper actions of the region and ALU here justify at least the same outcome.”
After workers at Amazon’s Bessemer plant voted almost two to one against unionization last year, the NLRB ruled that the company had violated labor laws in the election. The regulator said that Amazon’s “unilateral decision to have the United States Postal Service … install a generic, untagged mail collection box less than 50 feet from the main entrance of its facility” constitutes “the [NLRB’s] exclusive role in conducting Union elections.”