Posts Tagged ‘worker safety’

New Year’s resolutions for Amazon.com

Amazon logoIt’s a new year. And for many of us, that means new resolutions. People trudge to the gym, start doing the dishes right after dinner, or tackle their messy closets. But what about companies? Shouldn’t they be resolving to do a little self improvement too? In the case of Amazon.com, the answer is painfully clear. Read more »

 

This holiday season, pledge not to shop at Amazon.com

Pledge not to shop at AmazonIn September, an investigative report revealed that Amazon.com’s Breinigsville, PA, warehouse has been operating like a sweatshop – with employees working on their hands and knees at a frantic pace, enduring the pain because they’re afraid of losing their jobs. Amazon had even forced employees to work in temperatures so high that the company kept ambulances parked outside to carry sick workers out on stretchers.

After thousands of outraged customers wrote to Amazon’s CEO demanding that the retailer set things right, Amazon is now planning to install air conditioners in its warehouses. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t bothered to address other problems that are just as serious. Read more »

 

Tell Amazon that America’s workers aren’t disposable

Amazon’s shopping cart for workers in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania: extreme heat, threats, intimidation, temporary employment only, and no benefits. But don’t worry, they keep a paramedic waiting outside, ready to cart off workers who can’t handle working in a sweatshop. The 100-degree heat at the Breinigsville warehouse illustrates Amazon’s attitude toward workers’ rights. Rather than turn up the air conditioning and have a safe working environment, Amazon would prefer to just have an ambulance waiting.

Amazon’s Pennsylvania workers drive the company’s phenomenal profit margins. Workers in Breinigsville turn your online order into the package that shows up at your door. Hundreds of thousands of orders are processed around the clock each day. These employees make Amazon work, but in the company’s eyes they are nameless, faceless, temps. Technically, they aren’t even Amazon employees. Read more »

 

American Crystal Sugar harms company, local economies, with ill-conceived lockout

This August, American Crystal Sugar locked out over 1,300 workers in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. As worker Cindy Kolling explained in Ag Week, American Crystal’s actions have been motivated by a desire to break the employees’ union. To avoid providing workers with a fair deal, the company has risked this year’s harvest by bringing in unskilled replacement workers to perform the complicated tasks required to turn sugar beets into sugar. Read more »

 

Let Hyatt workers know they’re not alone

Last week Hyatt workers at six hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu went on strike, demanding better working conditions and treatment from their employer. After working two years without a contract, housekeepers, kitchen staff, and other Hyatt workers are standing up to Hyatt, going on a week-long strike to protest bottom of the barrel wages, high injury rates, Hyatt’s long track record of health and safety violations, and the company’s opposition to workplace safety legislation.  

For more details on why Hyatt workers are on strike, click here. Read more »

 

Hyatt’s painful anti-worker stance

Can you imagine being forced to work on your hands and knees to scrub floors every day, instead of using a mop? It’s back-breaking work.

In California right now, there’s a bill that would require hotels to give their housekeepers mops and other simple, common-sense tools that are proven to reduce injuries. Read more »

 

Take Action! Tell BP that Worker Health Comes Before PR!

BP Twitter LogoIn the wake of 9/11, we learned the hard way about the dangers of cleaning up disasters without protection. Police, firefighters, and cleanup workers descended into the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and many inhaled toxic ash. Over time that ash has caused major health problems for tens of thousands of people, and even caused some people to lose their lives.

Now, over 27,000 men and women are working to clean up BP’s toxic mix of oil and chemicals without any breathing protection. Not every single worker needs a respirator – it depends on the specifics of the situation – but many do. Already, cleanup workers have reported vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain. Read more »