Amazon reportedly sent Whole Foods team leaders a 45-minute anti-union training video
Gizmodo has reported that Amazon created an anti-union training video for Whole Foods team leaders
Early Wednesday, Gizmodo’s Bryan Menegus reported that a 45-minute anti-union training video was developed by Amazon and sent out to its Whole Foods team leaders. The write-up says that the video was developed just weeks after there were reports that Whole Foods employees were looking to unionize.
Menegus says that the video includes six sections that are “specifically designed to give you the tools that you need for success when it comes to labor organizing.” Menegus claims that in the video, Amazon says that it is not necessarily “anti-union” but that they are still not neutral, either.
According to Menegus, the video outlines various ways in which potential workplace organization may begin to take place and encourages managers to listen for “warning signs” of workplace organizing. Some examples include loitering, complaining about wages, sending around petitions and wearing union gear.
However, Gizmodo said it would not release the video “in order to maintain source anonymity” so who really knows if Menegus is telling the truth. With regards to the alleged video, Amazon later told Fortune in a statement:
“We’re perplexed as to why Gizmodo takes issue with a company wanting to better engage its employees, train hundreds of managers to maintain an open and direct dialogue with associates, and create channels to drive innovation on behalf of the customer in a caring and inclusive environment. The reporter clearly cherry-picked soundbites from the video to meet his editorial objective and do not align with our view on how to create career opportunities for employees.”
“In the U.S., the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour before overtime. That’s in addition to our full benefits package that includes health, vision and dental insurance, retirement, generous parental leave, and skills training for in-demand jobs through our Career Choice program, which has over 16,000 participants. We encourage anyone to come see for themselves by taking a tour at one of our fulfillment centers.”
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