Amazon is sending workers a letter urging them to 'oppose' union participation
In Alabama, USA, a mail ballot has begun to decide whether Amazon warehouse workers will join the union. At the time of this vote, it is reported that Amazon distributes leaflets to employees to induce them to vote against it, and even has a mailbox for voting near the workplace.
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Below is a leaflet that Amazon has distributed to warehouse workers in Alabama, obtained by Motherboard, an American IT news media. Illustration shows how to write 'Vote NO' on a mail ballot asking whether you want to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) , a trade union in the retail industry. It is explained easily.
Amazon's fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama also has temporary tents and mailboxes.
Alabama Local News
Amazon, along with the leaflet, said, 'Voting has begun! The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a mailbox located just outside the main entrance, making it easy, safe, and convenient to vote. Vote now. Let's do it! Voting until March 1st! ”Was sent to employees. The deadline for voting by mail is March 29, not March 1.
Jennifer Bates, who works at the Bessemer fulfillment center, told Motherboard, 'The executives have told me to vote in that mailbox. I said,'How many people used the mailbox? I don't feel like Amazon is watching over it, and some of my colleagues feel that the mailbox is rushing to make a decision. ' did.
In addition to the voting method, the leaflet lists the reasons for casting negative votes such as 'Union does not guarantee better employment conditions and wage increases' and 'Union dues are collected from salary every month'. Sure, unions can't guarantee specific working conditions, but unionized workers in the United States earn an average of 11% more salaries than non-union members in the same industry, and Motherboard points out that Amazon's claim is misleading, as the law prohibits the collection of union fees by deduction without the consent of union members in Alabama.
'USPS recently set up a mailbox on the premises of the fulfillment center for the convenience of workers,' said Heather Knox, an Amazon spokeswoman. The mailbox is USPS instead of Amazon. Emphasized that it was installed by. Meanwhile, another warehouse worker, Derrick Medlock, told Motherboard, 'If it wasn't about union elections, why wouldn't it ever be?'
'I think mailboxes are part of anti-union tactics,' said John Logan, a professor at San Francisco State University who studies labor issues. Although placing mailboxes at work is not a traditional union-killing strategy in itself. , Due to the impact of the new Coronavirus infection, union elections are now being held by postal voting. '
Amazon also had anti-union commercials on Twitch, a livestreaming platform under its umbrella. The video is below. In the movie, the workers verbally said, 'I vote against joining the union.' 'I don't need a union. We can do it without paying a membership fee.' I will.
NEW: Amazon is running glossy anti-union ads to combat the organizing drive by workers at their Bessemer, AL, warehouse. An Alabama resident said this spot is one of several that Amazon is now running on Twitch. Pic.twitter.com/6WlojetvzY— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) February 23, 2021
A Twitch spokeswoman said, 'Twitch does not allow political advertising, so we should not have allowed such ads to serve on our services. We have removed this ad and in the future I'll keep similar content out of the way. I'm grateful to the community for reporting this, 'he said, openly opposed to the parent company's CM.
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