Amazon ordered to notify workers of union rights

It’s one of the most far-reaching settlements to date. Amazon—found guilty of trampling its Chicago and New York workers’ rights to unionize—agreed in December to notify over 750,000 employees nationwide that they have the right to unionize.

The agreement settles unfair labor practice cases with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Not only must they post notices in the workplace and on an employee app; they must also email all current and past employees who have worked at Amazon distribution centers since March 2021.

Amazon also agreed to end its rule that workers can’t be in the break room more than 15 minutes before or after their shifts—a rule the NLRB said had the effect of restricting union organizing.

If Amazon fails to fulfill its commitments, the NLRB can go straight to federal court for enforcement under the agreement.

-DM

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