Amazon executives plotted to smear a fired employee who had organized his fellow warehouse workers over health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak as “not smart or articulate,” according to a leaked document that also included plans to paint him as the face of the entire unionizing movement within the company.
The behind-closed-doors remarks also betray the company’s public claims that Chris Smalls, who led a walkout at a Staten Island facility earlier this week, was subsequently terminated over workplace violations related to social distancing and not because of his organizing activities.
In a tweet referencing the leaked memo, first obtained and reported on by Vice, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said the language in the notes by Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky referring to Smalls—who was fired Monday—was an example of “a racist and classist PR campaign.”
“If execs are as concerned about worker health and safety as they claim, then they should provide the full paid sick leave ALL workers deserve,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
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