Day 2: Why Amazon’s union battle isn’t over yet; and the end of Prime Now as we know it
An Amazon fulfillment center. (GeekWire File Photo)
Wait, didn’t Amazon win its battle with the union in Bessemer, Ala.? Yes, the vote came out in the company’s favor, but the story isn’t over yet.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is appealing the outcome to the National Labor Relations Board, citing what it contends were unfair tactics by Amazon during the vote — which the company adamantly denies.
The NRLB hosted a virtual hearing that spanned many days before wrapping up earlier this week. A decision is expected in a matter of weeks, with the potential, at least, for a new vote.
And yes, one of the central points of contention is a mailbox.
On this episode of Day 2, GeekWire’s podcast about everything Amazon, we’re joined by Annie Palmer, a journalist who writes about Amazon and e-commerce for CNBC, who has been covering the NLRB hearing. Joining us is our podcast collaborator Jason Boyce, co-author of “The Amazon Jungle,” and founder and CEO of Avenue7Media, an agency that works with third-party retailers on Amazon.
We also talk about Amazon’s decision to integrate its Prime Now speedy delivery service into its main e-commerce website and app. Finally, we follow up on the issue of Amazon cracking down on big third-party retailers over the issue of fake reviews, and an assertion about those cases in the New York Times that Jason believes was misguided.
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