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04/16/2020 | Raising the Bar for Workers and Families

Amazon Endangers Workers, Delivers Contagion, Reaps the Profit

As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly accelerates, workers are sounding the alarm: Amazon's health and safety measures and benefits are wholly inadequate. They are failing to keep workers, families, and the public safe. Unless Amazon adopts an immediate and comprehensive set of safety measures, it stands to fuel the unfolding public health crisis.

    As the US quickly becomes the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, millions of people sheltering in place are increasingly turning to Amazon to secure basic goods. People working throughout Amazon’s operations are taking enormous personal risks by continuing to go to work in the midst of a pandemic.

    A single Amazon warehouse can employ thousands of people, which significantly concentrates the risk of Transmission. 

    As of April 14th, workers and media outlets have reported that nearly 75 Amazon warehouses employ people who have tested positive for COVID-19. That number reflects more than half of Amazon’s US warehouses and is likely to exponentially increase in the coming days and weeks. Download this report to learn more.