Labour Briefs (December 18, 2000)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

HIGH-TECH FIRMS FACE UNION DRIVES

Seattle — Customer service employees at the Internet-retailer giant Amazon.com are trying, for a third time, to unionize. More than 400 employees in the customer service department of Amazon.com’s Seattle headquarters are after improved job security and a say in overtime and holiday scheduling. Meanwhile in Canada, one union says it is ready to organize disillusioned employees of Canadian dotcom companies. While the sector was at one time the most anti-union, employees have grown weary of long hours and mediocre pay, said on organizer for the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP). Amazon.com employs more than 7,500 worldwide and none of its American employees have union representation.

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