I have collected for you articles across several publications about different Amazon warehouse locations so you can begin to see the pattern in their behavior. With “The News” so fractured, it’s difficult to complete an accurate picture of what’s going on.
Admittedly, the company provides an important service to many people, whether it’s a living wage in their location or a product they need and otherwise could not easily obtain, but it doesn’t give them the right to treat their employees as less than human. It’s factory-work. The workers need representation!
Amazon may think it’s done in Bessemer, Alabama, but Bessemer isn’t done with Amazon. Last week, the vote on whether to unionize the company’s warehouse in the Birmingham suburb ended with a win for Amazon, with workers voting 2-1 against joining a union. But now the company is facing allegations that it illegally interfered with the historic campaign. The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with enforcing labor law, will likely find that Amazon flouted federal labor law and may order a redo of the election.
Amazon attracted further scrutiny earlier this month after Recode reported that it sought staffing and funds to buy software that would help it better analyze and visualize data on unions, called the geoSPatial Operating Console, or SPOC. In September, Vice reported that Amazon’s HR department appeared to be monitoring employee listservs that were hotspots for employee activism. A separate Vice report found Amazon corporate employees were monitoring closed Facebook groups used by contracted Flex drivers to track planned strikes and organizing activity.
A new report compiling federal workplace injury data found that Amazon workers in the United States were severely injured more than 24,000 times in 2020.
In 2020, the online retail giant capitalized on the massive uptick in demand for online shopping—seeing its sales skyrocket by 39 percent. Meanwhile, CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth $200 billion. And yet he feels compelled to open another market via space and rockets when the market here on earth desperately needs his attention…[emphasis mine]