Amazon workers struggles
“This is a modern-day sweatshop”
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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.
13 April 2020
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10 April 2020
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 March 2020
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
11 November 2019
By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019
The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.
8 October 2019
By Eddie Haywood, 3 October 2019
Bezos, net worth $115 billion, makes enough money in 2 to 6 hours to more than cover the cost of an entire year of benefits for all of the workers facing cuts.
By Owen Mullan, 13 August 2019
The demonstrations pointed to the collaboration between border police and US technology firms such as Amazon.
By Nick Barrickman, 5 August 2019
Trump’s decision to halt the bidding process reflects concerns over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ opposition to the administration’s policies.
By George Gallanis, 25 July 2019
The day after international protests against Amazon during Prime Day, Chicago Amazon workers staged a “walk-in” to demand increased pay, health insurance and air conditioning in their facility.
By Kayla Costa, 16 July 2019
Across the US and in Europe, Amazon workers are protesting dangerous working conditions, low pay and the company’s ties to the US immigration Gestapo.
By Clare Hurley, 16 July 2019
Bezos’ $137 billion combined wealth could pay the annual median rent for all 250,000 Amazon workers in the US for 100 years.
“Amazon is a murderer and has to be stopped”
By Will Morrow, 13 July 2019
Ismaila N’Diaye, a 32-year-old former Amazon customer service employee in Rabat, said the life of his family has been torn apart by the company.
By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019
The technology and infrastructure behind Amazon’s meteoric trajectory and the biggest individual fortune in modern history must be turned towards the needs and aspirations of the world’s population as a whole.
By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019
Over a two-year period, 567 workers were injured at Amazon’s DFW7 fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Creating the framework for government-directed online censorship
By Kevin Reed, 14 June 2019
A House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday began a major bipartisan drive for government-directed censorship of website and social media content.
By Niles Niemuth, 27 April 2019
Amazon plans to increase the exploitation of workers in the US and internationally by implementing free one day shipping for Prime subscribers to ensure ever-bigger profits.
By David Walsh, 6 April 2019
Lawyers for Amazon Studios filed a motion in federal court in New York City on Wednesday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit launched by filmmaker Woody Allen. Their arguments were extremely revealing.
By Erik Schreiber, 2 April 2019
The immediate cause of a cargo flight crash near Houston is as yet unknown, but it took place in the context of management’s relentless attacks on workers’ pay and on safety standards.
By E.P. Milligan, 15 March 2019
The mental health epidemic that has exploded within the corporate behemoth is the direct result of the brutal exploitation of its workforce.
Amazon HQ2’s campus connection
By Nick Barrickman, 9 March 2019
The integration of US imperialism, academia and corporate America raises the need to expropriate massive companies like Amazon and place them under democratic control.
By Tom Hall, 8 March 2019
A report in the Guardian showed that workers at the Amazon-owned grocery chain have had their hours cut back to compensate for last year’s pay increase to $15 per hour.
By Clare Hurley, 18 February 2019
The decision to pull out over opposition from workers locally comes amid news that Amazon paid no taxes last year.
By David Walsh, 9 February 2019
Amazon’s refusal to distribute Allen’s film and honor its contract with him is a brazen act of censorship that is the direct product of the #MeToo witch hunt.
By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019
The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.
“Amazon is really cold-hearted to its workers”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2019
A mother of two employed at an Amazon facility in east Baltimore contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to relay her experiences with the web technology giant after being injured on the job.
By Tom Carter, 17 January 2019
Brien Daunt, 45, was killed Saturday at the construction site of a new Amazon fulfillment center near Bakersfield, California.
Amazon hires public relations firm to counter popular hostility to headquarters project in New York City
By Clare Hurley, 11 January 2019
Amazon’s desperate public relations campaign represents an inverse reflection of mounting opposition to the conglomerate’s practices.
By Ed Hightower, 9 January 2019
The two comic episodes, Unfulfilled and Bike Parade, sympathize with rebellious Amazon workers while depicting billionaire Jeff Bezos as a Talosian, an alien from Star Trek bent on the enslavement of humanity.
By Evan Blake, 3 January 2019
Amazon workers in Tracy were forced to continue laboring in the smoke-filled air produced by the fire, making working conditions even worse than usual.
“Amazon ruined my life”
By Tom Hall, 22 December 2018
Having denied surgery for Michelle Quinones’s wrist injury, Amazon’s workers compensation administrator Sedgwick hired private investigators to spy on and harass Michelle.
By Anthony Bertolt, 19 December 2018
In the face of a heavy police presence, Amazon workers demonstrated against productivity requirements at Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center.
“I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt”
By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2018
A former employee at Amazon’s BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape at his former employer.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2018
The Sydney worker has claimed he was sacked for joining a union and asking for more hours per week.
By our reporters, 24 November 2018
Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.
By Guillaume Garnier, 21 November 2018
The deal between Amazon and the city and state will provide billions to the world’s richest company.
Why Amazon should be expropriated
By Tom Carter, 17 November 2018
The billions in subsidies granted to Amazon for its new headquarters demonstrate the prostration of the entire political establishment before this massive conglomerate.
By E.P. Milligan, 14 November 2018
Mike Gellasch, 61, allegedly died because no one could find a working communication device to call for help in time.
By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018
The culmination of Amazon’s year-long pageant is indicative of the immense power of giant transnational corporations and the oligarchs who head them.
12 November 2018
By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018
Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.
“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”
By our reporters, 31 October 2018
Niles spoke with Amazon workers about working conditions as well as the Trump administration’s deployment of the military against immigrant workers.
By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018
Amazon workers have reported to the International Amazon Workers Voice that the pay changes have been accompanied by a general “tightening up” of the tyrannical internal regime in the warehouses.
By Alice Summers, 13 October 2018
Workers are effectively paying for their own wage increase through the slashing of employee benefits, share and incentive schemes, with some possibly seeing a net loss.
By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018
Injured workers are denied medical treatment and bullied into getting back to work as quickly as possible.
By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018
Sanders immediately abandoned his criticism of Jeff Bezos after the company’s cynical publicity stunt, and embraced him as a great reformer.
By Eric London, 4 October 2018
The “raise” announced by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a publicity stunt aimed above all at preventing an explosion of the class struggle.
By Jerry White, 3 October 2018
With anger growing over poverty level wages and sweatshop conditions at Amazon, the retail giant and logistics company will implement a small pay increase on November 1.
By Kayla Costa and Emily Edison, 27 September 2018
Local and state representatives of both capitalist parties approved a $213 million tax cut for the internet retail and logistics giant.
26 September 2018
“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
By Eric London, 21 September 2018
Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018
The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.
10 September 2018