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Amazon reconciles with NLRB in partnership

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New York — Pressured to improve workers’ rights, Amazon has reached a reconciliation with the National Labor Relations Commission to allow workers to organize freely and without retaliation.

According to the agreement, the online giant will contact warehouse workers (former and current) who are working at any time from March 22 to the present by email and notify them of their organizational rights. The settlement outlines that 750,000 Amazon workers in the United States have more room to organize within the building. For example, Amazon has promised not to threaten workers or call police with disciplinary action when workers are engaged in union activities in external non-working areas during non-working hours.

According to the terms of the settlement, if the online company turns out to disagree with the agreement, the Labor Relations Commission can more easily sue Amazon without going through the tedious process of administrative hearing.

Chris Smalls by Gabby Jones / Bloomberg

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“Whether the company has 10 or 1 million employees, we must comply with the National Labor Relations Act,” NLRB general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said in a statement. “This agreement is a decisive commitment from Amazon to millions of workers across the United States that they do not preclude their right to collective action to improve the workplace by forming unions or taking other collective actions. Will provide. “

She further states, “Workers should be aware that the National Labor Relations Commission will vigorously pursue to ensure compliance with the Amazon settlement and to continue to protect the rights of all workers. “

Seattle-based Inc. Could not be contacted immediately for comment.

This year, Amazon faced an organizational effort at its warehouses in Alabama and New York. This effort is driving labor insecurity at other companies in the United States. Other companies such as Kellogg, Starbucks and Deer are also opposed to organizing efforts.

Anxiety arises as labor shortages give workers a rare advantage in wage negotiations and demand more flexibility in their work schedules.

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