Amazon, an employment heavyweight, avoids paying workers for long waits and walks


A random security check put Jennifer Bates over the edge in Bessemer, Alabama, the warehouse worker told The New York Times. After she learned she wouldn't get a longer rest period for the screening she underwent while trying to leave the warehouse on a break, she joined an effort to unionize the warehouse. The union election failed. The result of the election, which the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is seeking to have thrown out, means Amazon employees are left to argue with their managers about policies or take Amazon to court over them. The National Labor Relations Board found Amazon has retaliated against employees who organize strikes and walkouts, which are also options. During oral arguments for the Busk case, Chief Justice John Roberts asked why employees can't take their complaints over security screenings to the bargaining table. Maybe they could ask for a higher wage if they aren't going to be compensated for the screenings, he said. There is no bargaining table, replied Mark Thierman, the workers' attorney. "These are all non-union employees."