Unless Amazon resolves the matter first, the National Labor Relations Board is planning to file a complaint charging that the corporation unjustly dismissed a worker at one of its New York facilities. The question is whether Daequan Smith, a recently created Amazon Labor Union (ALU) organizer, was dismissed for seeking to organize.
According to Bloomberg, NLRB spokeswoman Kayla Blado said Friday that regional director Kathy Drew King found that the ALU’s complaints that Smith was dismissed improperly had validity and that the agency would file a complaint if the matter did not settle. “Among other things, the case would allege a termination based on union and other protected coordinated activity,” Blado added.
A request for comment from The Verge was not immediately returned by Amazon.
The ALU is a group of people that work together to Is awaiting a hearing on its request to run a union election at four of Amazon’s Staten Island facilities. Smith worked at one of the Staten Island warehouses, and the ALU tweeted on Friday that he had been homeless since his termination. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has the ability to reinstate employees who were dismissed for organizing, but it’s unclear whether it would do so in this case.
After discovering that Amazon tampered with a union election at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the NLRB ordered a rerun of the poll in April 2021. The mail-in redo, which will be overseen by the NLRB, will begin on February 4th.