U.S. senators question Amazon on concerns it tracks employees, limits unionization

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four U.S. Democratic Senators on Thursday sent a letter to Amazon.com Inc chief executive Jeff Bezos, demanding responses on the company’s alleged measures to track and monitor employees and curb unionization efforts .

Democratic Senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand have asked the company for details on what it needs to do to discourage workers from organizing, how it is tracking workers who participate in strikes, and cabinets in lawyers with whom Amazon contracts to avoid unions.

“The fact that Amazon has decided to invest heavily in retaliatory systems against freedom of expression concerning unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, and to label efforts to organize and mobilize workers’ rights as threats against business equivalent to those posed by hate groups and terrorism, is unacceptable, ”said Senator Brian Schatz’s letter.

In September, a research paper by the Open Markets Institute, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, also claimed that Amazon was relying on deep worker monitoring to increase employee production and potentially limit worker losses. organizing efforts in the United States. reut.rs/31bhOP2

The letter from lawmakers on Thursday referred to several news articles reporting similar actions taken by the retailer.

Earlier this month, Amazon said more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers had contracted the coronavirus this year, or 1.44% of the total, a disclosure sought by union activists who criticized the response from Amazon to the pandemic.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. In a previous response, the company said it does not track or monitor people who might organize, plan strikes or speak to the media.

Reuters reported in May that Amazon has long resisted unionization. Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said at the time that Amazon is already offering what task forces are asking for.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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