NEW YORK — The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint accusing Amazon CEO Andy Jesse of violating labor laws during media interviews this year where he said workers were better off without a union.

The complaint, filed Tuesday, focuses on two sit-in interviews Jesse did with CNBC and Bloomberg in April and June — before a historic labor victory at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York. He has spoken publicly a few times since. The year

In an April interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Jesse said he believes workers are better off having “direct contact with their managers” and pressured unions to block change. Maybe because they are “too bureaucratic”. and “too slowly.”

He echoed similar statements during a sit-in interview at the Bloomberg Tech Summit on June 8. An attorney for the Amazon labor union, the group that won the union election, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB and called the comments.

In the complaint, the agency said Jesse’s statements “interfered with, prevented and coerced employees in exercising their guaranteed rights” under the National Labor Relations Act.

Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel defended Jesse, calling the allegations “completely without merit” and saying Jesse’s comments were “clearly protected by the clear language of the National Labor Relations Act and decades of NLRB precedent. “

“The comments legally describe Amazon’s views on unionization and the way it may affect our employees’ ability to deal directly with their managers, and they clarify our employees’ right to organize.” began with recognition and in no way contained threats of retaliation,” Nantel said in a statement. “We believe our employees, their families, and other stakeholders benefit from a thorough understanding of the facts on important topics like this.”

To resolve the grievance, Amazon could settle with the union or take the case before an administrative law judge in February. The agency is also asking the company to mail or email workers a notice of their labor rights.

The company has contested the union’s labor victory on Staten Island and is seeking re-election. Experts say the process can take years to resolve and often exhausts organizing campaigns.

Since the workers’ first victory, union momentum has been dampened by losses at two other Amazon warehouses in New York. On Tuesday, the group filed a list of objections to this month’s election near Albany, New York, which resulted in a landslide Labor defeat. It is asking the NLRB for a new election.

Last week, the union pulled a petition filed for a separate election at an Amazon warehouse in California, raising doubts about whether it had enough worker support to vote.

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