Always Watching: Amazon Internal Documents Reveal System That Tracks Workers Every Minute

Amazon is well-known for its strict employee time tracking and quick firing of workers it believes are not performing adequately. Now, internal documents provide greater insight into how Amazon keeps track of its workers every minute. Spreadsheets reportedly show that Amazon tracks workers down to the minute, including the amount of time they spend in the bathroom and other violations such as “talking to another Amazon associate.”

Jeff Bezos at Blue Origin press event ( Joe Raedle /Getty)

Amazon Claims New York Union Organizers Bribed Workers with Weed to Gain Votes

Amazon is claiming that New York union organizers gave marijuana to workers in an attempt to secure their unionization votes. Recreational marijuana is legal in New York, and a lawyer for the Amazon Labor Union responded that handing out cannabis is “no different than distributing free t-shirts and it certainly did not act to interfere with the election.”

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Google Settles NLRB Case with Employees Who Attempted to Unionize

Google has reportedly settled with six current and former employees who attempted to organize unionization efforts within the Masters of the Universe. The NLRB complaint alleged that Google illegally dismissed, disciplined, and even surveilled employees who were actively attempting to organize a tech worker’s union.

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Amazon Employee Group in New York Calls for Worker Vote on Unionization

An Amazon employee group created by warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, announced that it aims to vote on unionization in the near future. The group said in a statement: “Workers are demanding Amazon to stop their union busting practices and allow workers to use their rights to organize towards collective bargaining without interference.”

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Google to NLRB: Employees Don’t Get to Decide Who We Do Business With

Google claimed during a recent labor board trial that its employees have no legal right to protest the company’s choice of clients. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accused the Masters of the Universe of violating federal law by firing employees who protested the company’s dealings with law enforcement.

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NLRB Rejects Amazon’s Attempt to Install Cameras to Watch Union Vote Counting

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has rejected Amazon’s motion asking the federal agency to install a camera that would monitor ballot boxes containing union votes submitted by employees at its Alabama facility. The NLRB said: “Though the mail ballot election in this matter is large, it is not, as the Employer asserts, of a ‘special nature.’”

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Amazon Sues to Block New York Warehouse Labor Investigation

E-commerce giant Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the New York state attorney general’s office in a move to prevent legal action over the company’s handling of coronavirus conditions at one of its Staten Island warehouses last year. The company wants to prevent the state from exercising “regulatory authority over workplace safety responses to COVID-19 and claims of retaliation against workers who protest working conditions.”

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Amazon Workers Prepare for Alabama Union Vote

Amazon workers in Alabama are preparing to vote on whether not to become the company’s first unionized facility in the United States. Ballots are being sent out today to 5,800 warehouse workers to decide if they will join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union.

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NLRB: Google Workplace Rules on Speech Are ‘Unlawfully Broad’

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel has concluded that the actions Google employee Kevin Cernekee,  who complained on an internal social networking platform about the company’s diversity policies, were protected in the National Labor Relations Act. According to the federal agency, Google’s policies were “unlawfully broad.”

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