Amazon has struck a settlement with two employees who accused the e-commerce giant of sacking them in retaliation for their activism, both sides said Wednesday.
Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham, who led an advocacy group of Amazon employees campaigning for better environmental and labor practices at the company, were fired last spring.
Federal labor officials later concluded that the dismissals of the two Amazon designers were in fact retaliatory.
On Wednesday, the women said in a joint statement on Twitter that according to the agreement, Amazon will have to pay them lost wages and “post notices to all of its technical and warehouse workers nationwide that Amazon employees are to organize.” Can’t set fire. And are exercising their rights.”
“It’s a victory for protecting workers’ rights, and it shows that we were right to stand up for each other, for justice, and for our world,” Costa and Cunningham said.
Amazon, the second largest private employer in the United States, said in a statement: “We have reached a mutual agreement that addresses the legal issues in this matter and welcomes the resolution of this matter.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union said it has been “an honor and a responsibility” to assist Costa and Cunningham with their legal case.
“We felt workers had a strong case from the start and wanted to encourage all workers to speak out collectively and constructively to improve their workplaces,” said Faye, president of the UFCW branch in Washington state. Guenther, said in a statement.
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