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Wed Jan 2, 2019, 08:31 AM

'We are not robots': Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize

Workers announced launch of union push in response to working conditions as company says it does not recognize allegations

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. The worker has been with the company for two years and was transferred to Staten Island when it opened in October 2018. “They overwork you and you’re like a number to them. During peak season and Prime season, they give you 60 hours a week. In July, I had Prime week and worked 60 hours. The same day I worked overtime, I got into a bad car accident because I was falling asleep behind the wheel.”



In an email, an Amazon spokesperson told the Guardian: “Amazon maintains an open-door policy that encourages employees to bring their comments, questions, and concerns directly to their management team for discussion and resolution. We firmly believe this direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the needs of our workforce.

“We provide a $15 minimum wage for all US hourly employees, opportunities for career growth, industry-leading benefits, and hands-on training using emerging technology. Associates are the heart and soul of our operations, and in fact, they are also our number one recruiter for new hires by regularly encouraging friends and family to apply for roles. We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits and workplace to other major employers across the country.”

Hey Amazon, your bottom line is on rate of productivity, that's it, just like your hedge fund boss, the $1.5 billion plus manger, that is almost 800% wages comparison to a person making $15.00 smackers an hour..................and then your monopoly says this:
"company says it does not recognize allegations"

Of coarse not it's like the chickens being guarded by the fox...............

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Wed Jan 2, 2019, 09:09 AM

1. Stronger Together...

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Wed Jan 2, 2019, 03:03 PM

2. if workers want to form a union, they usually need one

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Wed Jan 2, 2019, 03:05 PM

3. TRUE words!!!

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