Amazon fired several senior managers from its JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island on Thursday, just a month after workers voted for it. unify. New York Times report that the company expelled more than half a dozen senior workers on Thursday, many of them union-linked. Several unnamed employees told NYT that they believe the fights are retaliation. JFK8 was the first and now the only one unify Amazon warehouse in the US.
In a statement to Engadget, Amazon said the workers had been laid off due to a “change of management”. “Part of our culture at Amazon is continuous improvement, and we believe it’s important to take the time to consider whether we’re doing the best we can for our team. Over the past few weeks, we have spent time evaluating the operational and leadership aspects at JFK8 and as a result we have made a number of management changes. ”
Other Amazon workers recently received pink slips, allegedly related to their union. Just a few weeks ago, four Amazon employees were laid off pay charged with the NLRB, alleging that they were being punished for supporting a union. Last month NLRB command Amazon to reinstate Gerald Bryson, a worker at the JFK8 facility who was fired due to what Amazon alleges he violated the company’s language policy. But the NLRB judge was unconvinced by this argument and charged Amazon with conducting a “false investigation” into Bryson and retaliated against him for his union work.
Just yesterday, Amazon Labor Federation President Chris Smalls testified before the Senate Budget Committee and met with President Joe Biden. The Biden administration has expressed dedicated support for the consolidation efforts of Amazon, Starbucks, and other workers.
In his testimony before the Senate, Smalls argued that the federal government should avoid awarding contracts with Amazon due to its labor practices. “We cannot allow Amazon or any other employer to take taxpayer money if they engage in illegal union vandalism and deny workers rights.” speak Small.
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