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Amazon workers in Minnesota to strike on Prime Day to demand safe, reliable jobs

Jul 11, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Amazon's labor practices. Amazon workers are planning to strike in a Minnesota fulfillment center next Monday, the first day of Prime Day, and one of Amazon’s busiest shopping days. 

They are demanding safe, reliable jobs, full-time employment, and an end to retaliation. Bloomberg reports that some Amazon engineers plan to join the strike and demand the company take action on climate change. 

Guests:

Zach Freed, researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, where he focuses on ending concentrated private economic power

Max Zahn, freelance reporter who wrote the ‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses for the Daily Beast.

Meg Brady, fulfillment associate at Amazon warehouse MSP1 in Shakopee, Minnesota

Web Resources:

Verge: How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’

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

Newsweek: Amazon working conditions: Urinating in trash cans, shamed to work injured, list of employee complaints

EDITORIAL NOTE: This show says both that Amazon workers' quota is 600 packages a day and 600 packages an hour. The correct quota is 600 packages an hour. Confirmed by Meg Brady, fulfillment associate at an Amazon warehouse.