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Amazon delivery drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area are kicking off the month by protesting the e-commerce giant’s labor practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They are having COVID cases reported and they’re not being truthful about how many, and they’re not being reported right away,” Amazon worker Adrienne Williams told TechCrunch.
In addition to shutting down the warehouse for sanitizing, workers are asking for better communication.
“The drivers have no idea if there are ever any cases because we don’t have access to the internal warehouse A to Z communications they have,” Williams, who works at the Richmond warehouse, said.
We’re not on that internal communication but we go in those warehouses twice a day to get our shifts and packages.
Because drivers are generally employed by delivery service partners, Amazon says it does not have direct communication with them.
However, Amazon says it immediately notifies the delivery service partner who then communicates with the drivers.
By staging the action so early, the hope is to prevent workers from being able to load delivery vehicles, Williams said.
“Halting deliveries and keeping them in the warehouse means Amazon gets hit with the bill.