Bloomberg reports that "US labor board prosecutors have concluded that Amazon.com Inc. illegally used subpoenas to coerce staff and try to interfere with labor activism at a New York warehouse.
"A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has determined that, in doing so, the e-commerce giant violated employees’ rights, agency spokesperson Kayla Blado said. Absent a settlement, the director will issue a complaint on behalf of the labor board’s general counsel, Blado said in an email.
"The dispute stems from Amazon’s ongoing effort to overturn the Amazon Labor Union’s historic election victory last spring at an 8,000-employee facility on Staten Island. ALU attorney Seth Goldstein says Amazon sought in that case to obtain extensive records including text messages among employees, which had a chilling effect on workers’ willingness to be involved with the organization."
Amazon has denied wrongdoing.
Bloomberg also reports that "Starbucks illegally threatened, interrogated, and terminated pro-union employees in Philadelphia, the US labor board ruled.
"In a Monday decision, a panel of three Democratic members of the National Labor Relations Board ordered Starbucks to 'cease and desist' from prohibiting staff from raising workplace complaints, placing them under surveillance when engaged in collective action, and discriminating against baristas for supporting labor groups. The decision also ordered the company to offer reinstatement with backpay to two terminated activists."
Starbucks said it disagreed with the decision and is considering its options.