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Amazon, NLRB reach accord on ‘disrespectful, loud’ speech

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Online retail giant Amazon and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have resolved an unfair labor practices claim with an agreement that could lead to unionization of many of the company’s warehouses. The move was prompted by a heavy-handed response to an employee complaint during an employee meeting.

During an all-staff meeting at an Arizona warehouse, a worker voiced concerns about a safety issue. After the meeting, supervisors took the man aside and told him he was disrespectful and spoke too loudly during the meeting. He responded that he had to speak loudly to be heard. He was given a verbal reprimand.

The employee complained to the NLRB, which eventually found that Amazon’s rule requiring employees to always act “in the best interests of Amazon” overly broad. The NLRB said the rule could have a chilling effect on employees discussing working conditions.

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