The settlement resolves a complaint filed last year by the local Washington state association
NLRB spokeswoman Kayla Bladow confirmed on Wednesday that the two sides had reached a “non-board agreement”, also known as a private non-board agreement.
An Amazon spokesperson said, “We have reached a mutual agreement that addresses the legal issues in this matter and welcomes the resolution of this matter.” The local branch of the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Washington state filed a complaint. The agreement includes “a requirement that Amazon notifies Tech and Warehouse employees of settlement notices and that they have a right under the law to express themselves in collective and substantive activity.”
The posting is required nationwide, UFCW 21 said.
Amazon employees in the US are not unionized, but anyone aware of potential violations can file a complaint with the NLRB.
“We felt workers had a strong case from the start, and we want to encourage all workers to speak out in a collective and constructive way to improve their workplaces,” said Faye Gunther, president of UFCW21.
The union’s complaint alleges that Amazon fired employees “on the basis of discriminatory enforcement of policies or work rules, including its non-solicitation and communications policies.” The complaint was later modified to say that at the start of the pandemic, two employees engaged in activities with someone else to support Amazon’s US warehouse workers and to provide more COVID-19 safety precautions at warehouses. His efforts were to push Amazon for
An Amazon spokesperson said earlier this week employees were fired not for speaking out about working conditions or safety, but for repeatedly violating internal policies.
“We support the right of every employee to be critical of their employer’s working conditions, but this does not come with an overall immunity against any and all internal policies,” TeaHe said the spokesperson in an emailed statement.
According to the NLRB, settlements in lieu of litigation are encouraged and over 90% of “meritorious unfair labor practice cases” are settled by settlement.