The US labor authorities have filed a complaint accusing the e-commerce giant Amazon of threatening and overseeing workers trying to organize a union in a warehouse in New York.
Amazon allegedly roasted workers about union activities at the Staten Island Warehouse and promised to address complaints in exchange for voting against their representatives, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) argued in a complaint filed Thursday.
At stake is whether workers can be the first to unite at an Amazon warehouse in the United States.
The NLRB claims that the company “repeatedly violated the law by threatening, monitoring and interrogating workers at its Staten Island warehouses involved in a union organizing campaign.”
The board asked a judge, with a hearing scheduled for April 5, to order Amazon to educate workers and managers about employee rights when it comes to union formation.
Amazon rejected the allegations, saying “this is false and we look forward to proving it through this process.”
Literature on union issues was allegedly removed from a break room and “confiscated” by some employees according to the filing.
A campaign to form what could also be the first union at an Amazon warehouse in the United States will continue next month with a new vote in Bessemer, Alabama.
Last year, a vote in Bessemer ended in a defeat for organizers, who accused Amazon of violating the rules and granting a new election on appeal.
The vote in the small town of Bessemer drew media attention as it pitted Amazon supporters – artists, Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and even President Joe Biden – against Amazon.