Pittsburgh: Amazon Workers Hold Vigil for Six Workers Killed in Edwardsville, IL during Storms

By David Martinez In between shifts on Sunday afternoon, Amazon workers at the PIT5 facility near Pittsburgh gathered to honor six workers who were killed in Edwardsville, Illinois in the midst of devastating storms on December 10. Rather than hold the weather principally responsible, many present at the vigil understood that the workers were put into the deadly situation by Amazon, the giant monopoly that … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Amazon Workers Hold Vigil for Six Workers Killed in Edwardsville, IL during Storms

Opinion: After Tornadoes, Amazon’s Hands Stained with the Blood of Workers

By David Martinez Sadness may surge any time that a worker dies, but it is accompanied by rising class hatred upon hearing of the deaths of workers that were entirely preventable, who die at the hands of the capitalist rulers of society. The six workers at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, last Friday killed by devastating tornadoes can be added to the list of … Continue reading Opinion: After Tornadoes, Amazon’s Hands Stained with the Blood of Workers

Worker Correspondents: Miserable Working Conditions at Amazon Warehouses

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By a Former Employee at Amazon DPP7 in Sewickley, PA In Amazon’s distribution centers, employees are held to unattainable standards while working in a very hazardous environment. The health and safety of workers is always a far lower priority than maximizing productivity, risking serious health problems for those involved. I worked full-time at the DPP7 Distribution Center in Coraopolis as a warehouse … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Miserable Working Conditions at Amazon Warehouses

Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Oliver Williams Last week, workers at the PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Crafton, Pennsylvania organized a slowdown to protest the facility’s unsafe working conditions. One worker explained to Tribune: “Management doesn’t do their job and then we have to fix their mistakes. I’m sick of it. I’m not working on commission here, I don’t get paid more for moving more packages. … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

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