Amazon is accused of retaliating against two outspoken workers and activists.
On Tuesday, an independent component of the federal government charged with enforcing labor rules will look into allegations that Amazon fired employees who spoke out against business practices in an illegal manner.
Former Amazon user experience designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa believe they were fired last year because they were also prominent opponents of the company’s climate policy and labor standards. The hearing before the National Labor Relations Board will look into their accusations.
The board decided in April, a year after the workers were fired, that Amazon had illegally retaliated against them. If Amazon did not resolve the issue, it notified Cunningham and Costa that it would file a formal complaint on their behalf accusing the corporation of unfair labor practices.
The complaint was filed in May by the NLRB’s regional office, and it will be heard on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that @marencosta and @emahlee were fired in April 2020, IT professionals across the organization are still upset about the illegal retaliation, and many have sent in statements in support.
5/— Amazon Workers for Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) September 24, 2021
Cunningham and Costa were co-founders of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an advocacy group that pushed the firm to reduce its environmental effect. After the firm threatened to terminate them for criticizing its climate policies, they coordinated for 400 employees to purposefully break Amazon’s corporate communications policy.
Cunningham and Costa also shared petitions from warehouse workers calling for increased working protections after the COVID-19 epidemic broke out.
Costa tweeted in April after the board’s initial decision, “[We] were fired on Good Friday by Amazon for fighting for our colleagues’ safety at COVID.”
Cunningham and Costa claimed in their initial complaint to the NLRB that Amazon had fired them “based on discriminatory enforcement” of the company’s non-solicitation and communication policies.
Amazon employees are not allowed to speak about company business without permission from their managers, according to the communication policy. Both regulations, Cunningham and Costa claimed, had a chilling effect on employees, preventing them from engaging in activities covered by federal labor laws.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, later wrote to Amazon, expressing their displeasure with Cunningham’s and Costa’s dismissals – as well as Tim Bray’s resignation, who was a former… Article Summary from Nokia News