Workers at Amazon have been fighting to protect all of us from COVID-19, including walking out to protest the dangerous conditions in Amazon’s operations. Instead of listening to us and protecting public health, Amazon has chosen to fire whistleblowers. win a member of The Awood Center. I spoke out about unsafe working conditions in Minnesota warehouses, and Amazon showed me the door. Just two weeks ago, the company also fired Chris Smalls, another worker who dared to protest Amazon’s failure to protect workers. And in Seattle last week, Amazon fired two tech workers, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, both outspoken critics of the conditions we face in Amazon operations.
These firings are outrageous and a fundamental failure of leadership. Stand with the Amazon employees who have walked off the job to protect our families and our communities:
Amazon has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its facilities and provide adequate paid leave to all who work there. If conditions remain the same, COVID-19 cases will continue to spike, and workers and the public will continue to be put in harm’s way. Amazon needs to act now.
We expect better of every institution in American life in the midst of this crisis. We all need to do everything we can to keep us all safe and healthy. That includes Amazon, and the richest man on earth: CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon MUST immediately reinstate any whistleblower who has been fired for organizing for health and safety protections. Amazon MUST take our complaints seriously. Amazon MUST fix the problems and protect worker and public health. Our safety – and our lives – are on the line.
Bashir Mohamed, MSP1 Amazon Associate