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The Washington Post reports that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has denied Amazon's request that it close a hearing next week into whether a successful unionization vote at one of its Staten Island warehouses should be overturned.

The hearing will be held over Zoom.

Amazon had argued that the hearing should be closed because there was no way to control who could attend, which created the possibility of witness testimony being tainted.  But the NLRB said that the fact that "this case has garnered national and international attention from outside parties only further solidifies the importance of allowing public observation, as employees and members of the public can be better informed."

KC's View:

Good.

Because, as I pointed out earlier this week, democracy dies in darkness (to quote the Washington Post), and sunlight is the best disinfectant (to quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis).