As Amazon works to combat its public image as a starvation-wage employer by doling out mere pennies in pay hikes and deploying an army of workers to sing the company's praises on Twitter, a video leaked on Wednesday revealed that the trillion-dollar company is continuing to work feverishly behind the scenes to crush any attempts by workers to unionize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.
The 45-minute training video—which, according to Gizmodo, was sent to managers of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods last week—instructs company leaders on how to detect "early warning signs of potential organizing," which include workers "suddenly hanging out together" and using "union words" like "living wage."
In a tweet responding to the video on Wednesday, the AFL-CIO—America's largest federation of unions—wrote: "We like those 'union words' which gave us a middle class. Shame on Amazon."
It speaks volumes to how Amazon views its workers when they use paranoid rhetoric toward unionizing like "unusual group behavior" pic.twitter.com/Ope6Ur53tb— Michael Sainato (@msainat1) September 27, 2018