Progressives in the United States welcomed news that a federal judge on Friday filed a nationwide cease and desist order against Amazon, which stipulates that the e-commerce giant must stop firing workers for organizing and otherwise impeding their participation in pro-union activities.\r\n\r\nThe court order, filed in the Eastern District of New York by District Judge Diana Gujarati, instructs Amazon, the country\u0026#039;s second-largest employer, to immediately stop \u0022discharging employees because they engaged in protected concerted activity\u0022 and \u0022in any like or related manner interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed to them by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs VICE reported Monday:\r\n\r\n\r\nThe order was a response to a petition filed by Gerald Bryson, a former Amazon employee who in 2020 was fired for protesting the company\u0026#039;s lack of safety protocols regarding Covid-19. Bryson worked at JFK8, the company\u0026#039;s Staten Island warehouse which has since become famous as the first Amazon facility to successfully unionize, earlier this year. He had participated in multiple protests alongside then-worker Christian Smalls, who is now the president of the Amazon Labor Union.\r\n\r\nAt the time, the National Labor Relations Board found that Amazon had illegally retaliated against Bryson by terminating him, and demanded that it reinstate him. Judge Gujarati\u0026#039;s order denied Bryson\u0026#039;s request to get his job back because, it claimed, it would not have a significant effect on workers\u0026#039; willingness to organize.\r\n\r\n\r\nAnalilia Mejia and DaMareo Cooper, co-executive directors of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, applauded the court\u0026#039;s decision to provide injunctive relief that protects Amazon workers across the United States from being terminated for engaging in legally protected workplace organizing while lamenting that the ruling \u0022falls one step short\u0022 because it fails to reinstate Bryson.\r\n\r\n\u0022This decision is a massive victory for Amazon workers nationwide—protection from retaliation is especially important as those workers enter the grueling peak season in Amazon\u0026#039;s warehouses,\u0022 Mejia and Cooper said Monday in a statement. \u0022Nonetheless, continuing to keep Gerald Bryson out of work at this point is a travesty of justice.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn addition to mandating that Amazon cease and desist from retaliatory dismissals of workplace organizers and other suppressive tactics that violate federal labor law, the court order also requires the immensely profitable corporation to publicly inform all of its JFK8 employees of their rights.\r\n\r\n\u0022The Center for Popular Democracy looks forward to the posting and public reading of the judge\u0026#039;s order so that JFK8 workers will be notified of their federal rights and of their employer\u0026#039;s unlawful actions,\u0022 said Mejia and Cooper.\r\n\r\n\u0022Amazon continues to aggressively suppress worker organizing across the country, but now the NLRB has the added enforcement power of a federal court\u0026#039;s cease and desist order,\u0022 the pair added. \u0022We will continue to fight for justice for Gerald and other Amazon workers nationwide and we urge the NLRB to continue pushing courts to grant injunctive relief for fired Amazon employees.\u0022\r\n\r\nAmazon Labor Union (ALU) lawyer Seth Goldstein told VICE that the ruling is \u0022of huge significance.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022This is a national cease and desist order,\u0022 Goldstein explained. \u0022That means that wherever in the country they violate it, theoretically the National Labor Relations Board can immediately seek a contempt of court order. A federal judge is not happy when a party violates their rule—there can be sanctions of all types.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe court order comes just weeks after Amazon suspended dozens of JFK8 workers who refused to return to the shop floor for a few hours due to health and safety concerns following a fire at the New York City fulfillment center.\r\n\r\nGoldstein called Amazon\u0026#039;s punitive response to last month\u0026#039;s temporary work stoppage \u0022a violation of workers\u0026#039; rights to join in a collective action about the terms and conditions of their employment.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Staten Island facility has earned a reputation for egregious violations of workers\u0026#039; rights since it opened in September 2018. Data published earlier this year, for instance, shows that the fulfillment center\u0026#039;s already above-average injury rate increased by 15% from 2020 to 2021.\r\n\r\nEarlier this year, Amazon spent big on union-busting consultants and pulled out all the stops in a failed bid to crush the organizing drive at JFK8.\r\n\r\nJust days after the early October fire at JFK8, however, Amazon successfully defeated a unionization effort at the ALB1 warehouse in Albany. ALU has filed objections to the result, accusing Amazon of \u0022coercive, threatening, and retaliatory conduct.\u0022\r\n\r\nRegarding the new nationwide cease and desist order, Goldstein said that \u0022it\u0026#039;s broad, it\u0026#039;s sweeping.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022No one has gotten that yet against Amazon,\u0022 he added.