An Amazon warehouse worker said he was temporarily fired after handing over flyers encouraging colleagues to join the union.
John Hopkins’ May 2 suspension account from Amazon’s DSF4 facility in California is the latest example of an e-commerce giant taunting critics during the coronavirus epidemic.
Amazon has told Hopkins that it has been fired for violating social distance rules in order to protect workers from highly contagious viruses, he said on Wednesday. Blog post.
But he suspects it had to do with the pro-union aircraft which he said the managers had taken earlier.
Hopkins writes, “I think I need to make a pretty clear case that I was suspended in retaliation for raising concerns about my organization’s rights.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.
Hopkins said he first brought the flyers to his delivery center in late January and kept them in a locker. He believes the managers removed these in about a week, according to their blog post.
Another batch of Hopkins brochures, which were in a convenient break room near April 2, also disappeared, he said, adding that a request had been made to the human resources office to write an email which received no response. He said other flyers outside were allowed on the warehouse bulletin board.
On May 1, Hopkins said he went out of his way to show solidarity with the nationwide strike of Amazon workers and went to the break room to get rid of the flyers. He left after a manager spoke to him about the social-distance protocol but he refused to write to him, he said. She came to work the next day and learned to dismiss him.
He said it took about two weeks to determine why Hopkins had been suspended and to block his request for an interview by the investigator via email, so that his response could be recorded in writing.
“If the investigation is about whether I violated the social distance protocol, but rather whether Amazon violated it. [National Labor Relations Act], But Amazon has already achieved what it wanted, “Hopkins wrote.” It could continue to reconcile with impunity and make an excuse to dismiss an organizer. “
Amazon has fired several more employees who have accused the company of failing to protect workers during the coronavirus crisis. These include Chris Smalls, who organized a small march protest at the organization’s Staten Island warehouse. Amazon said it spread it because it did not self-isolate after coming in contact with the virus.
Hopkins echoed criticism from former Amazon VP Tim Bray, who recently called the company “chicken-T” for retaliation against various opponents. Amazon VP Brad Porter later defended the company against fierce criticism of Brar, calling it “deeply offensive to the original.”
“Based on my experience, my view is that the team’s analysis is very accurate – although, I’m forced to criticize one of them: he didn’t take it that far!” Hopkins wrote.