Amazon Warehouse Employees Push To Unionize, "We Are Not Robots"'
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As Amazon’s workforce has more than doubled over the past three years, workers at Amazon fulfillment center warehouses in the United States have started organizing and pushing toward forming a union to fight back against the company’s treatment of its workers. Amazon’s global workforce reached more than 613,000 employees worldwide according to its latest quarterly earnings report, not including the 100,000 temporary employees the company hired for the holiday season.
Just a few months after Amazon opened its first New York-based fulfillment center in Staten Island, workers announced on 12 December the launch of a union push with help from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “Amazon is a very big company. They need to have a union put in place,” said an Amazon worker who requested to remain anonymous. “They overwork you and you’re like a number to them. During peak season and Prime season, they give you 60 hours a week. The same day I worked overtime, I got into a bad car accident because I was falling asleep behind the wheel.”
“If an employee is a picker, they want that person to pick up 400 items per hour.” To keep up with that hourly rate, workers cannot take bathroom breaks or they risk Tot (time off task points) that could be used to justify job termination. “If you get injured, they don’t treat you well, they don’t care,” said 24-year-old Hibaq Mohamed, who has worked at the Shakopee, MN facility for over two years. “During summertime, we don’t get enough AC, in the winter we don’t get enough heat.” Hafsa Hassan, 21 claimed managers create a hostile work environment that prevents workers from seeking proper medical treatment, taking bathroom breaks, or reporting safety issues.
Amazon said it “did not recognize” these allegations. “We work hard every day to ensure all of our employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect,” the company said. Amazon fulfillment centers aren’t the only part of Amazon where workers started organizing efforts in 2018. The online retail giant bought Whole Foods in August 2017 for $13.7bn. A little over a year later, workers launched Whole Worker, a unionizing effort in response to changes made by Amazon.
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January 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM #7469game meatParticipant
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I mean, have they managed to find all the traffic lights, cars, and street signs? In all seriousness though, there really needs to be a revitalization of the labor movement. The destruction of unions is one of the greatest tragedies in this country that doesn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserves. There was nothing unique about factory work that magically produced decent wages and pensions; it was the unions that made that possible.
January 2, 2019 at 9:46 AM #7479Woman Hear Me Roar!!Participant
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And did my own picking of presents from local stores and Esty. Packed and shipped them myself .?
Amazon fornicate yourself. Adding them to my list. Havent shopped in a WalMart for 20+ years!! Yes really!
Finally women are being heard...finally women are roaring.....
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