Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday reiterated his call for the Biden administration to bar all union-busting companies from receiving federal contracts, citing the National Labor Relations Board’s new complaints against Starbucks and Amazon for their attempts to crush worker organizing. .
“That’s what the oligarchy and corporate greed is for,” said Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. tweeted Friday. “Two big, profitable companies, owned by billionaires, are spending millions to illegally deny their workers the right to organize. No company that breaks the law should get a federal contract.”
In a general complaint filed Friday, the NLRB alleged that Starbucks committed hundreds of labor rights violations in its campaign to prevent Buffalo-area employees from forming a union.
The NLRB also said on Friday that it finds merit in accusations that Amazon forced Staten Island warehouse workers to attend anti-union “captive audience” meetings ahead of an election that the union finally wona historic victory for the American labor movement.
As the New York Times reportedsuch anti-union meetings “are legal under current labor board precedent”.
“But last month, the council’s general counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, posted a note saying the precedent contradicted underlying federal law, and she indicated she would seek to challenge it,” Time Noted.
On Friday, the NLRB also found merit in union accusations that Amazon had threatened to deny benefits to employees who had voted to unionize and suggested – wrongly – that workers could be fired if they did not pay the benefits. union dues. The labor board is expected to formally file a complaint in the coming days detailing the charges and seeking corrective action from Amazon, which spent $4.3 million on anti-union consultants last year alone.
Amazon and Starbucks are both beneficiaries of federal contracts. Last month, the National Security Agency discreetly rewarded Amazon Web Services a 10-year cloud deal worth up to $10 billion, a move that goes against President Joe Biden campaign promise to “ensure that federal money does not go to employers who engage in union busting, participate in wage theft, or violate labor laws.”
Like The American Perspective NotedThis contract is in addition to 26 other federal cloud computing contracts with the United States Army and Air Force; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior; the United States Census Bureau; and many other agencies.
In a letter to Biden last week, Sanders urged the president to sign an executive order banning corporations that violate
labor laws of contracting with the federal government.
During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Thursday, Sanders observed that “there are hundreds of companies in America that receive federal contracts, huge subsidies, special tax breaks and all kinds of welfare benefits despite the fact that these same companies have engaged in widespread illegal behavior , including massive violations of labor laws.”
According to watchdog Good Jobs First, Amazon has has received more than $3.5 billion in subsidies from state and local taxpayers since 1996 despite its offenses wage and hour rules, worker safety regulations and other laws.
“Taxpayer money shouldn’t be going to companies like Amazon that repeatedly break the law,” Sanders said Thursday. “No government — not the federal government, not the state government, not the city government — should hand out corporate welfare to union busters and labor law violators.”