US News While voting on union: Amazon offers severance pay to

20:25  23 february  2021
20:25  23 february  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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Amazon employees in Alabama want to form a union. A severance package could jeopardize the vote.

Demonstranten in New York unterstützen die Amazon-Mitarbeiter in Bessemer. © Ben von Klemperer / Shutterstock demonstrators in New York support the Amazon employees in Bessemer.

In Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon employees plan to form a union. Voting began this month and the votes are due to be counted at the end of March. Anyone who is dissatisfied with the working conditions now has a choice: quit and get a severance payment or stay and vote?

Amazon had already tried to officially stop the formation of the union and submitted an application to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. Amazon also tries to convince employees of the disadvantages of union membership via the website www.doitwithoutdues.com . A severance payment program has now started.

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Annual Compensation Program

employees get $ 1,000 or more when they leave the company. "If you pursue goals outside of Amazon, we support you," says a brochure that Kim Kelly first published on Twitter .

However, it is now clear that this is an annual program. Because the center in Bessemer had only opened in March 2020, the program was not yet known to the employees there and had therefore sparked rumors about a deliberate strategy against the establishment of the union.

Voting could be jeopardized

Nevertheless, the timing is extremely unfavorable, at least from the perspective of the organizers of the vote on the formation of a union. "That could endanger the coordination," said Michael Forster to Vice 's motherboard.

If employees have already voted but are now leaving, their vote would no longer count. The severance pay program ends shortly before the votes are counted.

According to Reuters , almost 6,200 people work for Amazon in Bessemer. Depending on the outcome of the election, they would be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

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