Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Hannah Bellmer I have been working at the Amazon PIT2 fulfillment center in Imperial, Pennsylvania since the end of last year. One thing that’s stood out to me is how Amazon maintains a high turnover rate as a way of ensuring its exploitative practices go unchallenged. The number of workers cycled out has gotten even higher lately in anticipation of … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

By Blake Garrison At its PIT5 sortation center in Crafton, PA, Amazon uses many tools of misdirection to hide how endangering workers is inherent to their operations as a result of daily exploitation. Its most recent trick is launching the “Associate Safety Committee” (ASC), which purports to improve safety by enlisting some workers to wear special vests and walk around checking for unsafe conditions. In … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

By Anon at PIT5 I work at the PIT5 Amazon fulfillment center. June 17 was when I saw the article that you wrote about the gas leaks and machinery breakdown. It was passed around by a small group of us. We all agreed on how you wrote it. PIT5 is bad, not as bad as some… but it is bad. You said in the article that … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

Amazon Destroys Millions of Unused Products, Demonstrates Contradictions of Capitalist Overproduction

Photo: A pile of products marked for destruction at an Amazon warehouse in Scotland (Source: ITV) By Jakob Stein On Tuesday, a report from an Amazon warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland revealed that the company regularly destroys over 100,000 unused and returned products every week—a clear demonstration of how the imperialist global economy operates in response to its crises of overproduction. The report from the British … Continue reading Amazon Destroys Millions of Unused Products, Demonstrates Contradictions of Capitalist Overproduction

Worker Correspondents: Gas Leak, Diesel Spill, Machinery Breakage at Amazon Facility Harm Workers

By Blake Garrison This week, workers at the PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Crafton, Pennsylvania endured a series of exhausting and hazardous incidents that management referred to as a “processing crisis.” Equipment broke down and hazardous material spills resulted in three evacuations of the building in one day, with workers suffering the harmful effects of exposure. On Sunday, parts of the main conveyor belt broke … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Gas Leak, Diesel Spill, Machinery Breakage at Amazon Facility Harm Workers

Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Villagrana Logistics Inc. a delivery service provider for Amazon, laid off a worker from their Camarillo location in January, despite her taking on increasingly heavy workloads through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company cited a “lack of work” as the reason for the lay-off. “They were essentially saying that there wasn’t enough volume to keep me on. Basically saying people … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

Pittsburgh: Workers and Activists Hold Rally in Solidarity with Amazon Workers

By Blake Garrison On Saturday, activists, workers, and union organizers demonstrated outside a Whole Foods in support of Amazon workers attempting to unionize in Bessemer, Alabama. The rally was organized by the New Afrikan Workers Union (NAWU). Khalid Raheem, representing NAWU, spoke on the history of class struggle in Pittsburgh in “the steel mills, coal mines, and the construction trade,” and linked that to the … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Workers and Activists Hold Rally in Solidarity with Amazon Workers

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit

Photo credit: Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio By David Albright A worker at the STL8 Amazon Facility in St. Peters, MO spoke with Tribune about her experience surrounding an injury sustained offsite that was reinjured on the job soon after she returned from medical leave. The worker told Tribune that she felt a pop in her shoulder and excruciating pain while lifting a box during … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit

Oxnard: Ironworkers Hold Strike At Future Amazon Fulfillment Center

By Serran Soledad Last Friday, dozens of union workers held a picket line outside the future Amazon fulfillment center in Oxnard, California. This was day two of a strike organized by Ironworkers Local #433, who initially walked off the jobsite the previous day. Upon the announcement of the development of the Amazon fulfillment center, and in response to some community backlash, local politicians promised the … Continue reading Oxnard: Ironworkers Hold Strike At Future Amazon Fulfillment Center

Oxnard: Paro de trabajadores metalúrgicos en el futuro centro logístico de Amazon

Por Serran Soledad El viernes pasado, decenas de trabajadores sindicalizados realizaron una huelga frente al futuro centro logístico de Amazon en Oxnard, California. Este fue el segundo día de huelga organizada por Ironworkers Local #433, quienes iniciaron el paro el día anterior. Tras el anuncio del desarrollo del centro de cumplimiento de Amazon, y en respuesta a algunas reacciones de la comunidad, los políticos locales … Continue reading Oxnard: Paro de trabajadores metalúrgicos en el futuro centro logístico de Amazon