Union organizer in Schodack gets strange call from Amazon
Rick Karlin reports for the Times Union that Heather Goodall, an Amazon employee who is leading the unionization efforts at the company's Schodack fulfillment center, is reporting a strange, intimidating call from the company’s human resources “Central Investigations” office in Portland, Oregon. "Let me get this straight? Are you calling to tell me you're investigating a complaint that …'Heather has a lot of good things to say?' " Goodall asked during the interview, which she recorded. The investigator said, yes, he was investigating an allegation that “Heather has a lot of good things to say.” Goodall has done several interviews with newspapers, and radio and television stations, about efforts to make the Schodack Amazon center a union workplace. "It's extraordinary," said Seth Goldstein, a lawyer representing the Amazon Labor Union. Goldstein said he is filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board because he says the interview amounted to coercion and a threat against Goodall because of her union activity. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. “You know how things are. My job is really just to ask the question and to understand what happened and why,” the investigator said during the call with Goodall. Read the full story in the Times Union.