On May 1st, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, FedEx, Target, and Walmart signed up with together in a series of work blockages to protest conditions and devices in the face of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers at Amazon said thousands of employees are taking part in the actions across the country.
The groups are calling for better practices and equipment to protect frontline workers from contracting the illness at work. Specifics of those defenses vary in between business and tasks: Instacart workers are requiring much better distribution of personal protective devices (or PPE), while Whole Foods workers are requiring places with favorable cases to be closed down for 14 days.
Amazon delivery service partners are asking for professional cleaners to sanitize automobiles at the end of each shift. Currently, chauffeurs are provided with cleaning supplies and asked to sanitize the vehicles themselves.
Amazon has declined to reveal the variety of staff members who have evaluated positive for COVID-19, communicating just individual cases to the staff members impacted. As part of today’s action, Amazon staff members are pressing back against that practice and getting in touch with the business to “be transparent and sincere about the number of cases they have in their centers.”
Earlier this month, Amazon implemented new policies to protect workers from the infection, consisting of two weeks of paid sick leave and unlimited unsettled leave for employees who think they might have been exposed. application of the policies has been unequal, and the broader uncertainty has sustained even more organizing efforts within the company.
Grabbed comment, Amazon challenged organizers’ claims that staff members lacked the essential resources to work securely, indicating increase in paid time off and work environment PPE. “Masks, temperature level checks, hand sanitizer, increased time off, increased pay, and more are standard across our Amazon and Whole Grocery store networks already,” the company stated. “We invest every day focused on what else Amazon can do to keep our individuals and communities safe and healthy.”
Upgraded 11: 20 AM ET: Added remark from Amazon