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Amazon is making "certain management adjustments" at JFK8 as part of its expansion plans



A number of senior managers from "operations and leadership" at Amazon's JFK8 facility in Staten Island, New York, who had recently voted to unionize, have reportedly been fired, according to reports. According to The New York Times, Amazon informed its managers that it was undergoing a "organizational change," but some of their coworkers believe that this is retaliation for the union's victory in the contract negotiations.


According to the New York Times, "more than a half-dozen" managers were fired, the vast majority of whom were in charge of responding to unionization efforts. It is possible that the managers were tasked with preventing the union from winning and were fired as a result of their failure to accomplish this goal successfully. However, it is possible that the managers were fired as a result of their involvement with the union in some way (though that would likely be a case of illegal retaliation).


A number of labor activists and government regulators have criticized Amazon's actions in the run-up to the election, in which 2,654 employees chose to unionize versus 2,131 who chose not to do so. Union-busting has been accused of taking place at the company, as well as preventing employees from exercising their rights and terminating employees in retaliation for organizing efforts. Amazon has filed a formal challenge to the election results, claiming that the union and the National Labor Relations Board "repressed and influenced" voters during the campaign period.


Amazon's practice of terminating underperforming employees is not unusual, and it is not unique to Amazon. According to a report from the previous year, Amazon's goal is to terminate its lowest-performing employees on an annual basis, with some employees being terminated without warning. Although it appears unlikely, the Times reports that some of the fired employees had recently received positive performance feedback, and the timing of the firings does not appear to be consistent with Amazon's performance review cycle.

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