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20 February 2021

Amazon sues New York to claim immunity from state COVID-19 safety regulations

By Tom Carter, 18 February 2021

Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday demanding a ruling that it is not required to comply with New York safety laws and regulations, while New York authorities filed a complaint against Amazon on Tuesday that paints a devastating picture of the callous disregard for workers’ lives by the $1.6 trillion global conglomerate throughout the pandemic.

“When you work for Amazon, you pay for it emotionally, physically and mentally”

Sister denounces Amazon after death of Poushawn Brown, COVID tester at Virginia warehouse

By Patrick Smith and Tom Carter, 10 February 2021

Christina and Poushawn Brown both worked at Amazon’s DDC3 warehouse in Springfield, Virginia, where Poushawn died suddenly on January 8 of unexplained causes after working as a coronavirus tester.

Union election in Alabama: Which way forward for Amazon workers?

By International Amazon Workers Voice, 6 February 2021

Workers can best conduct their struggle through a rank-and-file committee, not through a union that will enforce the company’s directives.

999 Amazon Alabama unionization drive

5 February 2021

Amazon workers call for united struggle to oppose the reopening of schools during the pandemic!

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 February 2021

In the struggle against unsafe reopenings, workers must remind themselves of the traditional militant rank-and-file slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”

COVID tester at Amazon facility in Virginia dies suddenly of unexplained causes

By Patrick Smith, 4 February 2021

While Amazon is one of the richest companies in the world, her family has been unable to afford an autopsy to determine the cause of her death, which was quoted at $7,600.

999 Death of VA. Amazon worker

1 February 2021

Amazon offers to aid US government’s botched vaccination effort

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2021

Despite Amazon’s efforts to present itself as a caring corporation, driven solely by concerns for public safety, its owners have raked in enormous profits during the last year, primarily at the expense of working people.

999 Death of VA. Amazon worker

29 January 2021

Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 22 January 2021

The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party’s demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.

The unionization vote at Alabama Amazon facility

Build rank-and-file committees to defend worker rights

By International Amazon Workers Voice, 16 January 2021

Workers need organization and a leadership to fight, but bitter experience has shown that the unions do not represent workers.

999 Amazon unionization drive in Alabama

15 January 2021

999 Amazon unionization drive in Alabama

14 January 2021

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in US holds first national meeting of 2021

Matthew MacEgan, 11 January 2021

The first ERFSC meeting of 2021 was attended by over 150 educators and other workers from across the US and around the globe.

“They just see us as numbers.”

Ohio Amazon worker speaks out against unsafe workplace conditions in pandemic

By Isaac Finn, 9 January 2021

An Amazon worker in Ohio describes the bureaucratic nightmare of returning to work in the midst of a deadly pandemic following a planned leave of absence.

The Bezos Earth Fund and the charity of the oligarchs

By Shuvu Batta and Tom Carter, 30 December 2020

Without extreme levels of social inequality, it would not be necessary to rely on the largesse of the billionaires to “donate” the funds necessary to meet critical social needs.

Coronavirus outbreak forces closure of Amazon warehouse in New Jersey

By Erik Schreiber, 23 December 2020

The closure of the Robbinsville, New Jersey facility will last for one week, but the company has not disclosed how many cases have been detected or whether the warehouse will be cleaned.

Massive new coronavirus outbreaks at Amazon in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2020

Several hundred workers of the shipping giant Amazon have been infected in the last few days.

999 (12/20) Bezos and billionaire philanthrophy

22 December 2020

999 NJ Amazon warehouse closed after major covid outbreak

22 December 2020

999 (12/20) Bezos and billionaire philanthrophy

21 December 2020

“United we stand, divided we fall.” Amazon worker speaks out on workplace conditions, calls for global struggle by the working class

By Shuvu Batta and Clare Hurley, 15 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site International Amazon Workers Voice recently interviewed a warehouse worker in Connecticut who wanted to expose working conditions and organize within his facility.

Baltimore Amazon workers form rank-and-file safety committee to defend workers and save lives

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 December 2020

We, the Amazonians of Baltimore, hereby announce the formation of an independent rank-and-file safety committee at the Amazon BWI2 Fulfillment Center. In launching the committee, our goal is to expose the conditions at our facility and the lies of management meant to cover them up. We are an organization of, for, and led by Amazon workers which will defend the rights and safety of our fellow employees.

Amazon Web Services offers companies new tools for spying on workers

By Erik Schreiber, 12 December 2020

New services from AWS allow companies to add specially trained computer vision technology to existing camera systems to spot “unusual” activity.

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11 December 2020

Coronavirus outbreak at Amazon warehouse in Troutdale, Oregon exceeds 100 infections

By Tom Carter, 8 December 2020

More than 100 cases have been reported at an Amazon warehouse in Troutdale, Oregon, where management is forcing workers to sign “non-disclosure agreements.”

New coronavirus hotspots at German meatpacking plants and Amazon hubs

By Marianne Arens, 7 December 2020

At least five Amazon employees are among those currently struggling for their lives in an intensive care unit while 172 workers at a large Tönnies slaughterhouse tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Police department in Mississippi pilots program linked to home security cameras

By Scott Burris, 3 December 2020

Software developed by the security company Fūsus allows police departments to access home security cameras like Amazon Ring and create a real-time cloud network of public and private video streams across entire cities. The implementation of this program is an attack on privacy and other democratic rights.

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1 December 2020

999 Jeff Bezos' "Earth Fund"

30 November 2020

Trade unions stage scattered protests on Amazon’s Black Friday

By Kayla Costa, 30 November 2020

With opposition by Amazon workers growing against brutal work conditions and the lack of protection from the pandemic, the unions and their pseudo-left supporters are trying to contain resistance within the confines of corporate-controlled political parties and the capitalist system.

Leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center expose worldwide conspiracy to suppress workers’ resistance

By Tom Carter, 28 November 2020

The leaked documents also expose the use of spies from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which has a long history of surveillance, infiltration and violence against the workers’ movement.

Amazon announces the opening of its online pharmacy

By Patrick Smith, 25 November 2020

Amazon’s entry into the pharmaceutical industry underscores the conglomerate’s accelerating domination over sector after sector of the US and global economy.

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24 November 2020

European Commission accuses Amazon of violating antitrust rules

By Erik Schreiber, 21 November 2020

Regulators focused on Amazon’s use of third-party sellers’ non-public data to design and market its own private-label products.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos congratulates Biden as the president-elect packs his transition teams with servants of the corporate oligarchy

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2020

Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s director of international tax planning, will sit on Biden’s Department of State team, while Mark Schwartz, an “enterprise strategist” for Amazon Web Services, will serve on the Office of Management and Budget team.

Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures

By Philip Guelpa, 10 November 2020

UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York

Amazon workers discuss the issues raised by the US presidential election

By Our reporters, 3 November 2020

The International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to Amazon workers around the country about the US presidential elections, who voiced broad distrust with both parties and a desire for a genuine alternative.

“It’s like their budget is more important than the safety of staff and customers”

Whole Foods worker describes dangers of COVID-19 for US grocery workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2020

A new study by Harvard University shows that those Boston-area grocery store workers who caught COVID-19 most likely contracted it through the workplace, not through outside personal activities.

“The WSWS has not only commented on the struggles of the working class it has been an active participant in them”

By Jerry White, 2 November 2020

In the vast archive of the WSWS, the working class will find the most critical lessons from the history of the global class struggle and an international socialist perspective needed to conduct its fight against world capitalism today.

“People bring items with them to scan in the bathroom so they can make rate”

Speedup, infections and near-death in freezers at Amazon Fresh warehouse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 29 October 2020

The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.

Amazon Prime Day: Fabulous wealth for Jeff Bezos, rampant injuries for workers

By Shuvu Batta, 15 October 2020

Amazon is expected to rack up record sales on this year’s “Prime Day,” while the explosion of orders is causing many injuries and fueling opposition within the workforce.

US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread

By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020

The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.

Nearly 20,000 US Amazon and Whole Foods workers have been infected with COVID-19

By Tom Carter, 3 October 2020

The increase in Amazon’s market capitalization since the start of the year amounts to $34 million for each worker who got sick.

More evidence of management spying on Amazon workers’ political activities

By Tom Carter, 28 September 2020

A whistleblower inside Amazon sent a message last week to a number of internal company listservs, warning fellow workers that the company is monitoring opposition on those forums.

Amazon uses former government agents to spy on workers

By Shuvu Batta, 12 September 2020

A number of recent exposures confirm that Amazon has established its own secret internal intelligence agency to spy on its workforce.

Wealth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses $200 billion

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2020

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s 500 richest people have accumulated an additional $809 billion so far this year, increasing their total wealth by around 14 percent.

Amazon workers describe spread of COVID-19 at warehouse in Romulus, Michigan

By George Kirby, 20 August 2020

Wayne County, Michigan, where the warehouse is located, is the state’s epicenter for the virus, with 29,242 confirmed infections and 2,841 deaths as of this writing.

“This is a modern-day sweatshop”

Amazon workers speak out against inadequate safety measures

By our reporters, 13 August 2020

As the company makes money hand over fist from the pandemic's boost to online retail sales, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers labor for long hours in unsafe conditions at Amazon's fulfillment centers.

COVID-19: A blessing for Bezos and a nightmare for workers

By Shuvu Batta, 10 August 2020

While workers fight for safe working conditions and adequate pay, Amazon has taken advantage of the business opportunities opened up by COVID-19.

Amazon violates its own health and safety rules in COVID-19 coverup

By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Smith, 5 August 2020

Amazon continues to withhold the number of reported coronavirus infections from its own workers and the public, placing countless lives in danger.

Amazon workers in Germany strike against lack of coronavirus protection

By Marianne Arens, 30 June 2020

More than 2,000 Amazon workers are taking part in a 48-hour strike at six locations to protest the company’s refusal to provide adequate protection from the virus.

As COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota, Wisconsin warehouses

Amazon worker’s job in limbo after seeking to take time off for injury

By Nick Barrickman, 25 June 2020

Seeking to take time off after breaking his wrist in a fall, the worker was denied access to his jobsite and had his identification card deactivated.

Former Amazon worker Jana Jumpp says the nearly 1,600 COVID-19 cases she has counted in warehouses are “just the tip of the iceberg”

By Tom Carter, 22 June 2020

Jana Jumpp has tracked cases across 244 locations worldwide, including 236 in the US, and she has counted at least nine Amazon worker deaths.

“The cops have no concern for the people they’re shooting at”

Amazon workers declare support for mass protests as management imposes pay cut

By Tom Carter, 8 June 2020

Amazon workers expressed solidarity with the protests, even as the company, which provides facial recognition software to police departments, feigned concern over racism and inequality.

Workers sickened after Amazon sprays industrial strength chemicals to disinfect warehouse

By Samuel Davidson, 1 June 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Ohio fell sick after management sprayed industrial strength chemicals while workers were still inside.

Local television stations broadcast fake news stories scripted by Amazon

By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 29 May 2020

Reporters at nearly a dozen local news stations in the US dutifully read from scripts prepared by Amazon while broadcasting public relations videos prepared and edited by the company.

“They can more than afford to let us keep it permanently”

Amazon workers react to elimination of pandemic hazard pay

By Douglas Lyons, 21 May 2020

Amazon has terminated its unpaid sick time policy and will roll back the $2 per hour pay raise it implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising number of infections.

Amazon eliminates pay raises for workers as COVID-19 toll mounts

By Douglas Lyons, 18 May 2020

As the number of infections and deaths continues to rise at Amazon, the world’s richest man joins Trump’s murderous campaign to “reopen” the economy.

Democrats and unions seek to suppress resistance by Amazon workers

By Shuvu Batta, 13 May 2020

Seeking to contain the outrage of workers over deadly working conditions, the Democratic Party and trade unions have embarked on a campaign among “essential” workers.

US Amazon worker describes callous attitude toward safety as management reports $75 billion in 2020 revenue

By Nick Barrickman, 4 May 2020

Amazon did little to protect its workforce during the first several weeks in March, when the COVID-19 disease was declared a pandemic.

May 1 “general strike” at Amazon: A failed adventure by the Democratic Party and the unions

By the International Amazon Workers Voice, 2 May 2020

This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.

Sixty-eight Amazon workers fall ill with COVID-19 at Winsen, Germany warehouse

By Marianne Arens, 1 May 2020

While Amazon has profited massively from the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of its workers throughout the world have become infected with COVID-19.

Democrats, unions set trap for workers with phony May Day Amazon strike

By the International Amazon Workers Voice, 1 May 2020

The WSWS and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to dozens of Amazon and logistics workers, none of whom had heard of or had any say in planning this protest.

“How many people have to die for us to be treated like human beings?”

Tracy, California Amazon worker speaks out on coworker’s death

By Evan Blake, 30 April 2020

At least one worker at the warehouse has died from COVID-19 and many other have tested positive, as management moves to force workers to accept deadly working conditions or face getting fired and losing unemployment benefits.

“We don’t want to be the guinea pigs”

Strikes, job actions escalate as corporations rush to reopen amidst coronavirus pandemic

By Jerry White, 28 April 2020

Garment workers in Selma, Alabama, nursing home workers in Illinois and Philadelphia, and Amazon workers in Minnesota are among the latest sections of workers demanding protection from the spread of the virus.

More than two-thirds of US Amazon facilities may have had coronavirus cases

By Erik Schreiber, 27 April 2020

As Amazon’s stock price reaches a record high, the company’s belated provision of inadequate protective measures is putting workers’ lives at risk.

Amazon workers continue job actions and protests, as tech employees plan Friday sickout

By Shuvu Batta, 23 April 2020

Amazon workers’ courageous actions, defying the company’s intimidation campaign, are winning the support of wider layers of the working class.

Amazon shuts down French distribution centers after court requires protection of employees from coronavirus

By Will Morrow, 22 April 2020

The closure is a naked act of economic blackmail, using Amazon’s control over logistics infrastructure to sabotage the distribution of essential goods.

Build rank-and-file committees at Amazon! For maximum safety, universal testing, and workers’ control of production!

Statement by the International Amazon Workers Voice, 22 April 2020

Amazon workers need organizations to fight, but the unions which are trying to “organize” them, have a long record of betraying the working class.

“They have our lives in their hands”

Amazon concealed COVID-19 case at Pennsylvania warehouse

By Samuel Davidson and Kayla Costa, 21 April 2020

With management demanding that production continue despite unsafe conditions, workers are now speaking out and organizing wildcat walkouts.

Letter from Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos seeks to cover for efforts to exploit the COVID-19 crisis for profit

By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2020

In a defensively-worded “letter to shareowners,” the Amazon CEO sought to downplay and paper over the conglomerate’s abusive and reckless behavior during the crisis.

Amazon cracks down on rebellious workers as first COVID-19 fatality is reported

By Tom Carter, 16 April 2020

Amazon fired three workers who challenged the company’s failure to ensure safe working conditions during the pandemic.

“Production costs do not equal the cost of a human life”

Outrage grows as Amazon workers die for Bezos’ profits

By Nick Barrickman, 16 April 2020

Workers across the US denounced Bezos’ fortune and the company’s unsafe practices, which are leading to increasing sickness and death in its facilities.

Union seeks to block strike as Polish Amazon workers contract COVID-19

By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2020

The union seeks to prevent a strike under conditions where the coronavirus pandemic is starkly exposing the devastating consequences of the restoration of capitalism.

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13 April 2020

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11 April 2020

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10 April 2020

Quarantined Amazon worker in Texas denied sick pay, unable to get tested for coronavirus

By Tom Carter, 6 April 2020

Jo, a quarantined Amazon worker at DFW7, has not received any sick pay despite a glossy company leaflet promising that quarantined employees “will receive up to two weeks of additional paid time off, so they can get healthy without worrying about lost income.”

Chicago Amazon workers demonstrate to demand protection from COVID-19

By George Gallanis, 4 April 2020

Amazon workers walked out yesterday to demand worker protections and that the facility be shut down for two weeks after two workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart workers strike against hazardous conditions

By Shuvu Batta, 1 April 2020

Gig economy workers are entering into struggle against dangerous working conditions that threaten a wider spread of the pandemic.

Detroit Amazon workers strike to demand COVID-19 protection

By Jerry White, 1 April 2020

Amazon workers at the Detroit area DTW1 facility walked out Wednesday to demand the closure and sanitizing of the warehouse after a third worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Amazon fires New York worker for leading strike demanding safe working conditions

By Shuvu Batta, 31 March 2020

Nationwide, at least ten Amazon facilities have confirmed cases. The strikers said that Amazon was deliberately hiding the real number of those infected.

“We should be the ones deciding how this could be run to be safe for us”

Amazon warehouse workers describe unsafe conditions and discuss forming workplace committees

By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 31 March 2020

Workers at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York walked out Monday to protest the prevailing conditions.

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ message to warehouse workers: Keep working despite coronavirus threat

By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020

After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.

South Carolina Amazon worker speaks on loss of his health, benefits and job

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

Donald Thrift Jr was left jobless with $27,000 in medical debt after contracting double pneumonia while working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

The discovery that an Amazon worker in Queens had tested positive for coronavirus sparked work stoppages which shut the processing facility Thursday night.

045 European Amazon coronavirus strike

20 March 2020

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20 March 2020

“Amazon puts us at risk:” Warehouse workers discuss company’s inaction in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Carter, 19 March 2020

For workers in the the online retail giant’s facilities, few precautions have been taken beyond making hand sanitizer available and posting signs instructing workers to wash their hands.

First Amazon worker at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters tests positive for coronavirus

By Mike Ingram, 5 March 2020

An Amazon employee, the first at the company’s Seattle headquarters, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of the company’s employees in Italy had contracted the virus and are in quarantine.

“If you are not cheating, you are not doing your job” – Amazon manager

Spartanburg SC Amazon workers speak on brutal conditions

By Ed Hightower, Kranti Kumara and Hiram Lee, 28 February 2020

A WSWS reporting team travelled to Spartanburg and met with several Amazon workers, past and present, to discuss their reactions the coverage by the WSWS of conditions at the Amazon warehouse in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion climate change fund

By Kevin Reed, 21 February 2020

In response to growing opposition within Amazon, as well as society as a whole, to the growing climate crisis and the role of super-rich billionaires in it, Bezos, the world’s richest person, has launched a new philanthropic fund.

Judge rules in favor of Amazon, halts work on JEDI contract by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 17 February 2020

The decision by a federal judge to grant Amazon’s request is an indication of bitter conflict within the ruling establishment.

Amazon employees defy management and publicly protest corporate policies

By Kevin Reed, 30 January 2020

Hundreds of Amazon employees posted public criticisms of their employer and statements of support for fellow workers who have been threatened with firing for speaking out against the tech company’s climate policies.

Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse

By Tom Carter, 13 January 2020

According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.

At what human cost?

Amazon Logistics set to surpass delivery volume of FedEx, UPS by 2022

By Kayla Costa, 21 December 2019

The advanced techniques of workplace exploitation along with low wages and breakneck conditions that have made Amazon notorious are being set as the standard for the entire logistics industry.

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11 November 2019