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·         Amazon union vote, round two: Why it's happening, what's different now

·         Amazon cuts paid Covid leave time for workers following changes to CDC guidance

 

 

Amazon union vote, round two: Why it's happening, what's different now

The company seems comfortable fighting a second organizing drive at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

 

Laura Hautala, C|Net

Jan. 7, 2022

 

Late last year, Amazon had a chance to try to stop a new union election at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse -- but it didn't. That doesn't mean the online retail giant is softening on organized labor.  

 

In November, a regional director at the National Labor Relations Board found Amazon had broken labor laws during the union election at the nearly 6,000-employee facility, which saw workers reject representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. At the time, Amazon could have asked NLRB regulators at the national level to review the decision, the equivalent of an appeal. Instead, the company is waiting for a second vote to take place.

 

It's unlikely Amazon, which has long warned against unionization of its hundreds of US facilities, has grown fonder of organized labor, experts say. Instead, Amazon is more likely treading carefully as part of a deliberate strategy to manage its reputation and avoid coming across as the heavy by preventing a vote.

 

Labor researchers say Amazon has little to lose...

 

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https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/amazon-union-vote-round-two-why-its-happening-whats-different-now/

 

 

Amazon cuts paid Covid leave time for workers following changes to CDC guidance

 

·         Amazon said all U.S. workers who test positive for Covid-19 and those required to quarantine will now be eligible for one week, or up to 40 hours, of paid leave.

·         Previously, Amazon offered up to two weeks of paid Covid leave.

·         Amazon’s decision follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations last week that asymptomatic people with Covid-19 isolate for five days instead of ten days.

 

Annie Palmer, CNBC

Jan 7 2022

 

Amazon is cutting paid leave time for U.S. front-line workers who test positive for Covid-19 or have to quarantine after exposure to the virus.

 

Amazon said all U.S. workers who test positive for Covid-19 and those required to quarantine will now be eligible for one week, or up to 40 hours, of paid leave, according to an employee notice, which was viewed by CNBC.

 

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the policy change.

 

Amazon initially offered up to two weeks of pay for any employees diagnosed with Covid-19 or placed into quarantine, but later shortened its paid leave to ten days, in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

The company said it was adjusting its policy after “reviewing the newly released guidance” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which cut isolation requirements...

 

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https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/07/amazon-cuts-paid-covid-leave-for-workers-as-cdc-guidance-shifts.html