NLRB: Amazon illegally disrupted union activities at warehouse

Aug 22, 2023, 4:14 PM

amazon union illegal...

FILE - An Amazon company logo marks the facade of a building in Schoenefeld near Berlin, March 18, 2022. Amazon will impose new fees on third-party sellers who ship their products to customers instead of using the company’s fulfillment service. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Amazon is being accused of illegally calling the police on workers and firing a union activist.

According to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Monday, the incidents occurred as employees were preparing for a unionization vote in one of Amazon’s warehouses in 2022.

In the filing, the regional director of the NLRB accused the Seattle-based online retailer of violating federal labor law at a warehouse in Albany, New York. Specifically, they are accused of “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed.” This is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.

More on Amazon: Teamsters add their heft to dozens of Amazon delivery drivers picketing around the country

According to Bloomberg, Amazon prohibited staff from talking about the union during work, and the company held “mandatory or effectively mandatory” anti-union meetings. They also banned employees from being on the property before or after their shift to discourage union organizing, enforcing it specifically on union activists.

Last August, the company is also accused of firing an employee because of their union activity, and the NLRB said that this is illegally discouraging other workers from participating in union activities.

Similar charges were brought against Amazon last fall in a warehouse in Staten Island, New York.

“These allegations are completely without merit, and we look forward to showing that through the legal process,” said Eileen Hards, a spokesperson for Amazon told Bloomberg. “Dozens of charges filed at ALB1 (the union) have already been dismissed by the NLRB, and we look forward to having these allegations dismissed as well.”

Monday’s complaint said Amazon should be forced to reinstate the activist with back pay and apologize.

Local News

(Photo from Washington State Department of Transportation)...

L.B. Gilbert

2 semis crash on I-5 early Tuesday, delaying morning commuters

Two crashes on northbound Interstate 5 have snarled traffic for Tuesday morning commuters as crews work to clear the semis.

23 minutes ago

Image: The outside of Hard Rock Hotel is seen on April 14, 2023 in New York City....

Steve Coogan

Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe to permanently close Dec. 1

A spokesperson confirmed to KIRO 7 the company is open to having another location in Seattle if the right one can be found.

11 hours ago

unsafe sleep...

Heather Bosch

19 infants died in Snohomish County from 2020-22 due to unsafe sleep

Snohomish county's child death review team found that many were preventable as most died from either suffocation or accidental strangulation.

13 hours ago

san juan 32 hour...

L.B. Gilbert

San Juan County starts 32-hour workweek for government employees

San Juan County is making a move to a 32-hour work week for county employees as they struggle with employee recruitment and retention.

14 hours ago

foo fighters tour...

L.B. Gilbert

Foo Fighters to play first Seattle show since Taylor Hawkins’ death

The Foo Fighters have announced a date for their return to Seattle. This will be their first tour since the death of Taylor Hawkins.

15 hours ago


Ted Buehner

This is why your phone alarm will go off Wednesday morning

A nationwide broadcast of the National Emergency Alert Test will be conducted by FEMA and the Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

NLRB: Amazon illegally disrupted union activities at warehouse