Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are asking Amazon to explain reports of “potentially illegal anti-union behavior,” challenging the corporate giant’s labor practices shortly after it agreed to raise its minimum wage The senators have sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over a video that warns managers at Amazon’s Whole Food Markets about the dangers of union organizing, and ask him to respond to recently surfaced worker allegations that voicing their concerns led to retaliation from company management. The move comes shortly after Amazon agreed to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour earlier this month, following a campaign by Sanders and organizers to shame the company over low pay. “We write to express our alarm at recent reports that your company is distributing anti-union materials to Whole Foods managers that directs and encourages potentially illegal interference with the rights of thousands of workers,” Sanders and Warren write. “It is important to recognize that workers’ rights do not stop at the minimum wage, and raising the pay of your lowest-paid workers, while important, does not give you a free pass to engage in potentially illegal anti-union behavior.” Amazon said in a statement that their existing… Read full this story
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