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Summary

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN spent over $3 million in 2023 on consultants to discourage unionization among its delivery network employees.

What Happened

Amazon.com, headquartered in Seattle, has been actively hiring “persuaders” to dissuade workers from forming unions. The company spent over $3.1 million on such consultants in 2023, according to its filings with the Labor Department. Amazon, being the largest warehouse employer in the U.S., is facing unionization efforts from various labor groups.

Mary Kate Paradis, an Amazon spokesperson, stated, “We are proud to invest tens of billions of dollars in things like free college tuition, healthcare, good pay, and safety programs.” She added that outside organizations are spreading inaccurate information about the company, and Amazon works to ensure employees are fully informed about their rights.

Amazon’s anti-union spending in 2023 decreased compared to the previous two years. The company spent $14.2 million in 2022 and $4.3 million in 2021. Two consultants received significant amounts from Amazon’s efforts – Michigan-based Penne Familusi’s Rayla Group received $1.33 million, while Massachusetts-based Katherine G Lev’s Lev Labor received $1.05 million.

Why It Matters

Amazon’s anti-union activities have been controversial. In 2023, the company was found guilty by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge of violating federal labor laws at its JFK8 warehouse in New York. Despite this, Amazon continues to resist unionization efforts within its workforce.

Price Action

Price Action: Amazon shares closed 0.31% up at $180.38 on Friday.

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