Amazon has reportedly fired several senior executives who were part of Operations and Leadership at JFK8, the Staten Island, New York facility that recently voted to unionize. According to the The New York TimesAmazon told managers it was undergoing an “organizational change,” but some of its employees see it as punishment for the union’s victory.
That Times writes that “more than half a dozen” managers have been fired and that many have been tasked with responding to union efforts. What that means is frustratingly vague – it could mean that managers were ordered to stop the union from winning and that they were fired for not doing so. But it could also mean that the managers helped the union in some way and are being fired for it (although that would likely be a case of illegal retaliation).
Amazon’s actions leading up to the election, in which 2,654 workers voted to organize against 2,131, drew criticism from both organizers and regulators. The company has been accused of busting unions, preventing workers from exercising their rights and firing workers in retaliation for organizing. Amazon has challenged the election results, saying the union and the National Labor Relations Board “oppressed and influenced” voters.
It’s not uncommon for Amazon to fire underperforming employees. A report last year noted that Amazon’s goal is to fire its underperforming employees each year — sometimes without much warning. But that seems unlikely to be the case here; that Times notes that some of them had recently received positive feedback on their performance and that the timing of the layoffs does not align with Amazon’s performance review cycle.
The company did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment on the shooting, but it said Engadget that it “spent time evaluating aspects of operations and governance at JFK8 and made some management changes as a result.”
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/6/23060808/amazon-jfk8-fired-senior-management-union-response Amazon is making “some management changes” to JFK8