U.S. PROF RAPS AMAZON FOR PAYING $10,000 DAILY TO 3 UNION BUSTERS
Prof. John Logan has slammed Amazon for not only hiring the country’s largest and most expensive union-avoidance law firms, Morgan Lewis, but for paying almost $10,000 per day plus expenses to three anti-union consultants: Russell Brown, Rebecca Smith and Bill Monroe.
Writing for Truthout, Logan, a professor of labor and employment studies at the San Francisco State University (SFSU), said Brown and Smith ran high-profile anti-union drives at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2020, at which nurses preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic were subjected to a “relentless” anti-union campaign and in 2017, at Kumho Tires in Macon, Georgia, where the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that the company committed “numerous and egregious” unlawful anti-union actions.
Amazon wants its 5,800 workers in Bessemer, Alabama not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store (RWDSU) union.
Yet, President Joe Biden himself opposes the harassment of workers and the anti-union activities of lawyers and consultants, saying: “Workers in Alabama — and all across America — are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice — one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers. Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.”
Logan said Jeff Bezos, Amazon, and its top managers should take heed of the confession of Martin Levitt — who renounced his 20-year career as an anti-union consultant to write a landmark memoir, “Confessions of a Union Buster,” in the early 1990s — famously said that union-busting is a “dirty business” which is “populated by bullies and built on deceit.
A campaign against a union is an assault on individuals and a war on the truth. The only way to bust a union is to lie, distort, manipulate, threaten, and always attack.”