A group of Amazon corporate employees is urging colleagues to step up an online outing to ask the company to restore state workers and to protest his treatment of warehouse workers during the Corona outbreak.
To participate in the run-out, for April 24, workers will all have a personal day at the same time. It is organized by employees of the Amazon Employee Defense Group for Climate Justice. Last week, Amazon fired two group leaders, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who were former user experience designers at the company and who were openly critical of Amazon’s climatic position and labor policy.
Amazon claims to have fired Costa and Cunningham for repeatedly violating internal policies. “Previously a spokesman told CNBC that the company supports each employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions,” but does not have general immunity from all internal policies.
Amazon’s climate justice employees announced that it is running out during a virtual panel on Thursday. The group aimed to stimulate dialogue between warehouse workers and nearly 400 Amazon Tech employees during the call, the group said. Previously, Costa had said that Amazon was trying to intervene in the group’s efforts to organize the panel by internally sending invitations to other workers, accepting over 1,500 employees.
We want to tell Amazon that we are tired of all this disease of the first, sick of the system, sick of pollution, sick of racism, and sick of the climate crisis, “Costa said during the panel.” We ask you to consider the stories that have you just listened, the invitation deleted to this event – is it okay for you, or would you rather be able to openly hold this conversation or the next such conversation?
An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
By eliminating a virtual exit, the group wants to push Amazon to change the way it responds to workers who oppose its policies, including restoring all workers made redundant based on selective utilization of behavioral policies and rules. The group requires Amazon to change its external communications policy, which prohibits employees from talking about the company’s affairs without management approval.
Amazon’s climate justice employees have had some success in making their claims heard in the past. At last year’s Amazon shareholder meeting, Cunningham asked Amazon to reduce the use of fossil fuels. The group is widely recognized for influencing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ decision to announce a comprehensive climate change plan last September.
Employees also ask Amazon to permanently change the benefits and wage increases set for warehouse workers during the pandemic, including an increase in the hourly wages of $ 2, longer breaks. They also want to provide Amazon with a public list of “confirmed and probable” Corona cases at its facilities across the country.