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Amazon announces policy shift for off-duty workers that could impact union efforts

General views of the Amazon Delivery Station and Amazon Fulfillment Center on June 24, 2022 in Burbank, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images) Amazon employees are now barred from accessing buildings and working areas if they are not scheduled to work that day, the company announced.The policy shift comes amid a feud with unions, who have criticized the policy as potentially hindering their ability to hold union drives and meetings.Employees are also barred from accessing the buildings before or after their shift, under the new policy.The, Inc.

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FALLON / AFP) "There’s nothing more important than the safety of our employees and the physical security of our buildings," Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said. "This policy regarding building access applies to building interiors and working areas."WHY AMAZON IS A KEY RECESSION INDICATOR: INVESTMENT EXPERTThe spokesperson said off-duty employees are not prohibited from meeting with co-workers in "non-working areas" away from the company’s facilities.Amazon said the new off-duty policy "will not be enforced discriminatorily" to punish union efforts.EASTVALE, CA - AUGUST 31: A worker sorts out parcels in the outbound dock at Amazon fulfillment center in Eastvale on Tuesday, Aug.

31, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/MediaNews Group/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images) The move comes on the heels of a vote by Amazon workers at a warehouse on Staten Island, New York to unionize in April.The new policy, enacted Thursday, could hinder union organizers’ efforts to meet with co-workers, they said.MEET PROTEUS: AMAZON'S FIRST 'FULLY AUTONOMOUS' MOBILE

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