NY’s $270 billion pension fund is warning Amazon not to interfere in upcoming union election

The manager of New York’s $270 billion benefits store is warning Amazon not to meddle in a forthcoming union election at an Alabama office,report.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who deals with the state’s pension fund – which holds more than $3 billion in Amazon shares – shot a letter to the company this week in the midst of reports that the online seller had been slowing down work putting together exercises.

It’s not whenever DiNapoli first has raised worries over what he says is Amazon’s anti-union behavior.

Last February, he sent a letter to then-CEO Jeff Bezos getting some information about reports the company was disrupting a mission to sort out a union at its Bessemer, Alabama, office. Workers there voted against framing a union, however that vote that was refuted by the National Labor Relations Board, which observed that Amazon had scared representatives and disrupted the election process.

A re-vote on whether laborers will frame a union at the Alabama stockroom will start one week from now, on Feb. 4, when voting forms will be sent to representatives’ homes. Voting forms are expected back to the NLRB by March 28, and a last count is normal in April.

DiNapoli’s letter this week, which is addressed to Bezos and new CEO Andy Jassy, alongside other top company authorities, doesn’t take steps to sell the state’s shares. The state has utilized its domineering jerk lectern to attempt to press for change previously: It yanked its cash out of Unilever last year after its Ben and Jerry’s image said it wouldn’t sell frozen yogurt in “the Occupied Palestinian Territory” – drawing fierceness from certain Israelis at that point.

It’s not likely the state would pull assets for this situation. “Amazon is a beneficial venture,” DiNapoli told. “We need to remain put resources into them, yet we need them to be a decent corporate citizen.”

In the mean time, this week, the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union, which is leading the union mission at the Alabama stockroom, recorded a grievance with the NLRB blaming Amazon for abusing a Bessemer representative’s more right than wrong to discuss the union with his co-workers.

Amazon protested the representative, Isaiah Thomas, talking with his partners about the union vote during a work break, blaming Thomas for “disrupting individual partners during their working time, in their workspaces,” as per a notice Amazon sent Thomas, which was imparted to the media by the union.

“We are contending that Amazon has as of now disregarded work laws regarding this election,” RWDSU representative, Chelsea Connor told.