As workers attempt to form unions at companies such as Amazon and Starbucks, journalists have highlighted a number of practices that appear to be designed to prevent workers from organizing, including: anti-union texts Starbucks allegedly sent to its employees; a captive audience anti-union meeting with six members of Starbucks management that one barista was reportedly required to attend; anti-union literature Amazon reportedly sent to workers and posted on the internet and in warehouse bathrooms; and the $3,200 per day that Amazon reportedly paid to just one of the anti-union consultants it hired to counter union efforts in Bessemer, Alabama.
Government investigators have also found that Amazon improperly pressured workers to vote against joining a union in Bessemer and alleged that the corporate giant engaged in surveillance of workers’ discussions at a New York warehouse. The company denies these claims.
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Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project