Amazon CEO Andy Jassy accused of breaking labor laws with union-busting comments

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The NLRB accused Jassy of violating labor laws based on comments made in earlier interviews where he called unions harmful to employees.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is currently in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over anti-union comments made in past interviews. As reported by CNBC, the NLRB mentions interviews including one with CNBC in April and another that took place last June during the Bloomberg Tech Summit.

Speaking to CNBC, Jassy noted that if employees could vote in a union, they might be less empowered to make changes in the workplace, and things would get “much slower” and “more bureaucratic.” “.

Amazon building with Amazon sign in front and view of building parking lot
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Meanwhile, in the Bloomberg Interview, Jassy also spoke negatively about unions, saying workers would be “better off without a union.” According to Ronald Hooks, regional director of the NLRB’s Seattle office, Jassy’s comments are considered to “interfere with, restrict and coerce employees in exercising rights guaranteed” in national labor relations law.

Fight back, Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said CNBC this:

Amazon employee looking at a large stack of Amazon boxes stacked on a pallet in a warehouse.
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As for what Amazon will need to do moving forward, it will first have to respond to the NLRB’s complaint by Nov. 8, with the bureau having already scheduled a hearing for Feb. 7, 2023. Additionally, the NLRB’s complaint asks Amazon to provide workers with a notice informing them of their labor rights, either by mail or email.

While waiting to see how the situation develops, we recommend reading some of our past Amazon coverage, including how Amazon was recently the subject of a billion-dollar class action lawsuit in the UK on antitrust allegations, and how Amazon raises third-party seller fees during the holidays.

Morgan is a writer from the frozen wastelands of Maine who enjoys metal music, kpop, horror and indie games. He’s also a Tetris fanatic who is fiercely competitive in games like Tetris 99…and all games in general. But especially Tetris. You can follow Morgan on Twitter @Author_MShaver.

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