Amazon spent much than $14.2 million past twelvemonth connected extracurricular consultants whose occupation was to person workers not to unionize, according to new disclosures filed Friday with the Labor Department.
The unusually ample expenditures connected anti-union consultants amusement however determined the online retail elephantine is to forestall corporate bargaining wrong its workforce. The institution remained union-free successful the U.S. until past twelvemonth erstwhile the upstart Amazon Labor Union (ALU) successfully organized a warehouse successful Staten Island, New York.
Amazon has much than 100 warehouses successful the U.S. and has managed to support unions astatine bay since the ALU’s upset victory past April. However, workers rejected national bids astatine 2 different warehouses successful New York pursuing the Staten Island vote.
Labor consultants person been a cardinal constituent successful the company’s counter-campaign, delivering anti-union talking points successful what are known arsenic “captive audience” meetings with workers. The institution pays firms astir $3,000 per day, positive expenses, for each consultant, according to filings.
“Amazon managed to stay union-free successful the U.S. until past year, erstwhile the upstart Amazon Labor Union organized a warehouse successful Staten Island.”
Employers and their consultants are obligated to disclose their arrangements with the Labor Department truthful that workers recognize who the institution hired and however overmuch it paid to lobby them connected unionization. The deadline for employers to pass the authorities of their 2022 spending was Friday.
It is comparatively uncommon for a institution to disclose spending successful excess of $1 cardinal connected labour consultants successful a azygous year, fto unsocial much than $14 million. Still, Amazon boasts a worldwide workforce of astir 1.5 cardinal and had $514 cardinal successful income past year, according to its astir caller yearly report. The institution has faced national organizing drives successful Alabama, New York, California and elsewhere successful the U.S.
Amazon spent $4.3 cardinal connected anti-union consultants successful 2021, HuffPost reported.
Connor Spence, an Amazon idiosyncratic successful Staten Island and organizer with the ALU, told HuffPost past twelvemonth that helium and different workers researched the anti-union consultants successful their warehouse to exposure them and their fees to different workers. They besides openly challenged the consultants successful meetings to undermine their message.
“Their occupation is to run successful the shadows,” Spence said astatine the time. “When you exposure them for what they are, it makes it precise hard for them to bash their job.”
The ALU is inactive trying to negociate a archetypal declaration with Amazon for workers astatine the Staten Island facility, known arsenic JFK8. In addition, Amazon disputed the predetermination results, successful which the national won 2,654 to 2,131, accusing organizers and the National Labor Relations Board of illegally tainting the vote.
Amazon’s situation yet failed, and the national was made authoritative successful January. But the institution inactive succeeded successful wasting time and avoiding bargaining with the national for astir 9 months.