Despite having vowed to American union workers not to reward corporations accused of union-busting, US President Joe Biden has granted Amazon, for which the billionaire Jeff Bezos is the current chairman, a large $10 billion federal government contract.
Following years of allegations that Amazon has attempted to prevent its warehouse employees across the U.S. from unionizing, a new report claims the company has put its staff in potentially harmful situations while forcing them to fulfill stringent shipping targets.
In Aug. 2021, the National Labor Relations Boardruled that Amazon had broken labor rules prohibiting its warehouse employees from unionizing in Bessemer, Alabama. In Feb., Amazon was accused of attempting to prevent the factory employees from organizing at the facility.
Last month, employees at one of Amazon’s warehouses in Staten Island voted to create the company’s first labor union. Amazon is now fighting the unionization election. Following the vote, the company fired over six of the involved managers who fought to establish a union.
Despite Amazon’s record of interfering in unionization efforts, the Biden administration has rewarded the company with a large federal contract, according to documents from the Lever.
The Lever reports:
“A day later, Nextgov published that Biden’s NSA had approved a $10 billion computing deal with Amazon, which paid the brother of Joe Biden’s top aide to work as a lobbyist right after the 2020 election was over. The web services contract for Amazon is known as “Wild and Stormy,” and it is different from another huge Pentagon cloud agreement on which Amazon is bidding.”
“A few days after Amazon won the new NSA contract, Amazon worker’s Labor Union lost its second union election campaign by a 2-to-1 margin at another warehouse in Staten Island, after Amazon put up an aggressive fight to stop the drive.”
While Amazon was aggressively pursuing a strategy of busting unions, the Biden White House was handing the company a huge federal contract, suggesting to Amazon leaders that he is not really for using the government’s purchasing power “to be the best pro-union president we have ever had.”
Biden proposed a scheme to monitor federal contracts and prevent businesses like Amazon from obtaining lucrative government deals after it was accused of union-busting tactics as part of his election pledges.
“I will guarantee federal taxpayer dollars do not go to employers who participate in wage theft, union-busting, or violate labor law. ”