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Amazon considered creating app for its workers and blocking words like ‘union’ -The Intercept -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Employees stand in line to solid ballots for a union election at Amazon’s JFK8 distribution middle, within the Staten Island borough of New York Metropolis, U.S., March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid./File Picture

(Reuters) – Inc (NASDAQ:) workers included the phrases “union,” “grievance,” and “residing wage” on a preliminary checklist of phrases to dam from an inside messaging app it was contemplating creating to spice up employee morale, The Intercept reported on Monday.

The information fueled concern in regards to the retailer’s method to organized labor, days after staff at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, voted to type Amazon’s first union in the US.

The Athena Coalition, a labor and activist group that’s vital of Amazon, posted on Twitter (NYSE:), “This must cease.”

Amazon mentioned it had no plans to display screen lots of the phrases highlighted by The Intercept, which cited firm paperwork and an individual accustomed to a November 2021 govt assembly on the undertaking. The concept was to foster neighborhood and encourage high-performers whereas stopping “the darkish facet of social media,” The Intercept reported. An computerized phrase filter might block worker messages mentioning slurs, swear phrases and phrases like “slave labor,” “robots,” and “pay increase.”

In an announcement, Amazon mentioned, “Our groups are all the time excited about new methods to assist staff interact with one another. This explicit program has not been permitted but and will change considerably and even by no means launch in any respect.”

It added: “The one sorts of phrases that could be screened are ones which are offensive or harassing, which is meant to guard our group.”

A pilot has been slated for later this month, The Intercept reported.

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