Amazon has formally filed its objections to the Amazon Labor Union’s victory in Staten Island, New York, and is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to order a new election. The objections extend to a document the company recently submitted that signaled its intention to challenge the election results – the company now claims ALU members “bullied employees”, “registered voters in the polling station” and “distributed marijuana to employees in return for their support,” according to an excerpt posted by FinancialTimes journalist Dave Lee.
The full complaint was not immediately available from the NLRB on Friday. The Amazon Labor Union did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comment.
In a statement emailed to The edgeAmazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said: “Based on the evidence we have seen thus far, as outlined in our objections, we believe that the actions of the NLRB and ALU have improperly removed and influenced the vote, and we believe that the election should be reorganized so that a fair and broadly representative vote can take place.
Amazon was unable to provide The edge with a copy of his objections. The company recently asked the NLRB for more time to gather evidence, which it was granted – it will have to provide documents to the agency by April 22.
In the complaint, the company claims the NLRB “failed to protect the integrity and neutrality of its procedures,” according to Bloomberg. In the document filed Wednesday, Amazon objected to “frivolous accusations of unfair labor practices against Amazon.” The NLRB has filed several complaints and lawsuits against Amazon, claiming that the company has fired workers in retaliation for the organization and that company representatives have intimidated and surveilled workers.
“The NLRB is an independent federal agency appointed by Congress to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. All of the NLRB’s enforcement actions against Amazon have been consistent with this congressional mandate,” NLRB spokeswoman Kayla Blado said in an email to The edge.
Amazon cites precedent in its request to overturn election results. In its filing, the company states, “The actions of the region and ALU are significantly more egregious than the installation of a mailbox by the United States Postal Service that the board concluded destroyed and interfered with. laboratory conditions during Amazon’s landslide election victory” during the labor campaign in Bessemer, Alabama. The company goes on to say that “the region’s and ALU’s inappropriate actions here warrant at least the same outcome.”
Last year, after workers at Amazon’s Bessemer plant voted against unionization nearly two to one, the NLRB ruled the company violated labor laws in the election. The regulator said Amazon’s “unilateral decision to cause the United States Postal Service…to install a generic unlabeled mail collection box within 50 feet of the main entrance to its facility” “usurped the [NLRB’s] exclusive role in the administration of Union elections.