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Cracking Down on Anti-Union CEOs

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This isn’t a huge deal, but it’s important to do something about these unionbusting CEOs who openly break the law without concern of consequence.

A federal administrative law judge ruled that the the Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy, violated labor law by making certain anti-union comments during media interviews two years ago.

Jassy said in 2022 that unions make workplaces “much slower” and “more bureaucratic”.

The ruling, issued on Wednesday, follows a complaint filed in 2022 by the National Labor Relations Board that accused Jassy of crossing the line during sit-down interviews in which he said that workers were better off without a union.

In the ruling, the National Labor Relations Board judge Brian D Gee pointed to statements Amazon’s chief executive made on CNBC’s television program Squawk Box, and during two summits organized by Bloomberg News and the New York Times.

Gee said predictions Jassy made about unionization changing the employee-employer relationship were lawful. But other statements about how employees would be less empowered under a union and how they would “find it harder to get things done quickly and would be better off” without one ran afoul of federal labor law, the judge said.

In a unionized workplace, Jassy said, “If you see something on the line that you think could be better for your team or you or your customers, you can’t just go to your manager and say, ‘Let’s change it.’”

In a prepared statement, an Amazon spokesperson, Mary Kate Paradis, said the company strongly disagrees that “any part of these comments” were inappropriate and intends to appeal the ruling within the administrative law system.

“The decision reflects poorly on the state of free speech rights today, and we remain optimistic that we will be able to continue to engage in a reasonable discussion on these issues where all perspectives have an opportunity to be heard,” Paradis said.

Ah yes, the true oppression–the free speech of CEOs to bust unions on national television.

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