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Amazon: Give Paid Sick Leave to Warehouse Workers

A trillion dollar company won't give sick leave to its employees

Brian Young's picture
Mar 23, 2020

As more and more states move towards limiting the number of people who can work outside of the home, they are also asking people to stop heading out for non-essential shopping. This means that more and more people are using delivery services like Amazon to get things like food, medical supplies and more.

Amazon, a trillion-dollar corporation, is one of the companies that is expanding its workforce due to the coronavirus. As more people are forced to work near each other in Amazon warehouses around the country, workers are concerned that they might contract the virus. Current research also suggests that COVID-19 can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic for up to three days meaning that every new shipment into their warehouse can infect the workers.

A company owned by the richest person in the world should be able to take care of any sick workers, but Jeff Bezos doesn’t take care of his warehouse workers. The company does not provide 100% paid leave for workers who get sick or might need to quarantine due to exposure to the virus. According to a petition that was put together by Amazon workers, the company hasn’t even provided a plan in case someone in a facility is exposed or if they think that product may have been exposed. They are asking for the public’s help to pressure the company into creating a plan to take care of their workers. Click here to sign the petition and ask Amazon to give paid sick leave to all of their workers.

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