Amazon has reached an agreement with the National Labor Relations Board in six cases, helping to pave the way for workers to come together as many seek seats at the negotiating table.
The NLRB shared the agreement on Thursday at the request of the Freedom of Information Act, saying Amazon should send a notice to its appropriate locations within 60 days. The notice informs employees of their rights to seek joint action and states that Amazon will not "prevent you from exercising the above rights."
Amazon will also have to reach out to affected employees who have worked for the company since March 22 via email and a copy of the notice.
"Whether a company has 10 or a million employees, it must comply with the National Labor Relations Act," NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said in a statement. "This compensation agreement provides an important commitment from Amazon to millions of its employees throughout the United States that it will not infringe on their right to work together to improve their work environment through union or other collective action."
As part of the agreement, Amazon promises that it will not retaliate against employees who discuss workers' union outside the workplace or at their time.
They also promised, in writing, that "they should not call the police, when exercising your right to join a trade union or trade union security by talking to colleagues in the workplace outside of vacations."
The resolution would also allow the NLRB's attorney general to use the evidence available in its investigation of these cases "for any appropriate purpose in the trial of this case or any other case," and make it easier for Amazon to sue the board if the company. failed to support its termination of contract.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Amazon has seen dozens of employees wanting to form a union in recent years, some of whom have filed lawsuits against the board.
In August, a labor official ruled that Amazon had violated workers' rights after employees at its Bessemer store, Alabama, tried to join a union. Union vote failed. But Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union has accused Amazon of illegally interfering with the election process.
Officials suspect Amazon is keen to vote for unity, which includes holding mandatory meetings on why they should vote against the effort. But the main complaint is that Amazon illegally planned to install a US Postal Service mailbox in the parking lot during the election.
The decision of the NLRB regional director in Atlanta regarding the Bessemer case is still pending.
In September, Amazon again settled a case with the NLRB in which two women claimed they had been fired for speaking out against the company's policies on corporate climate and employee policies. Labor law protects workers' right to disclose information about their workplace as a co-operative.