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    Amazon moves to rescind hazard pay.

    Amazon drops $2 coronavirus pay rise for warehouse workers as CEO Jeff Bezos' fortune nears $150 billion
    The coronavirus pandemic is not over, but Amazon this week ended some of the emergency incentives it introduced to encourage its 250,000 warehouse staffers to come into work.
    The retail giant initially struggled to cope with a sudden spike in online orders brought on by coronavirus lockdowns around the world, and during its first-quarter earnings call the company announced it had seen its highest sales growth in over three years. But three months into lockdown, Amazon seems to have gotten a handle on its operations.
    On Monday, Amazon eliminated one of the policies brought in to reward frontline workers for continuing to come into work during the crisis — a $2-an-hour rise in pay. The wage rise was always temporary, and the company announced earlier in May that its $2 hazard pay would finish at the end of the month.
    As of mid-May, eight Amazon workers were confirmed to have died, and more than 100 warehouses have confirmed cases, according to news reports. The company has consistently refused to publish official figures on exactly how many of its employees are confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/amaz...billion-2020-6

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    Albuquerque is finally getting its Amazon center. We lost out last time around. More low paying jobs for Albuquerque workers I assume.

    Contractors building massive Amazon fulfillment center on Albuquerque's Westside

    Seattle-based Amazon plans to open a 465,000 square-foot, multi-level fulfillment center in Albuquerque next year near I-40 and Atrisco Vista.

    The facility is expected to open in late 2021, according to a news release from Bernalillo County posted on the county's website on Tuesday night.

    Upon completion, Amazon's fulfillment center will join Tempur-Pedic, Shamrock Foods Co. and FedEx Freight nearby.
    Bernalillo County announced the Amazon project as part of a $6.5 million investment in what it is calling a "regional public infrastructure improvement project" to spur economic development in the Upper Petroglyphs Industrial Park, the release said. Improvements include, but are not limited to, street extensions and improvements, installation of curbs, gutters, lighting and paving necessary for future development.

    “This important initiative represents further investment in Bernalillo County’s employment zone at I-40 and Atrisco Vista,” said Bernalillo County Commission Chair Lonnie Talbert in a statement. “As a result of this strategic investment by Bernalillo County, we know Amazon will be the first of many major employers to join this thriving region, and we could not be more excited or honored to welcome them.”
    https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquer...-westside.html

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    More Amazon news. A lawsuit has been filed over the coronavirus issue before the company instituted safety practices.

    Amazon Workers Sue Over Virus Brought Home from Warehouse
    A group of Amazon.com Inc. warehouse employees sued the online retail giant, claiming its working conditions put not only them at risk of contracting the coronavirus but also their family members, including one who died.
    Barbara Chandler, one of three workers who filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New York, claims she contracted the virus in March at Amazon’s Staten Island distribution center, where employees “were explicitly or implicitly encouraged to continue attending work and prevented from adequately washing their hands or sanitizing their workstations.” Within a month, Chandler’s cousin, whom she lived with, died after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, the lawsuit says.
    But the plaintiffs, who accuse Amazon of violating public nuisance and employee safety laws by providing workers misinformation and setting “oppressive and dangerous” hourly quotas and discipline policies, are not seeking damages for illness or death. The lawsuit, which was jointly filed with advocacy groups including Towards Justice, Public Justice and Make the Road New York, is instead mainly asking for an injunction requiring the company to adhere to public health guidance.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...home-from-work

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    IMO this was coming no matter what. Have any of you purchased online from someone other than Amazon since the virus made itself known here? I have and the delays are terrible no matter who you purchase from. Amazon is using this as their excuse.

    Amazon begins rolling out bigger UPS and FedEx-style delivery trucks
    LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amazon.com (AMZN.O) is launching a new fleet of bigger, boxier trucks like those favored by rival package carriers United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N), as it fights to fix widespread pandemic-fueled delivery delays that sent customers into the arms of competitors like Walmart Inc (WMT.N).

    The world’s largest online retailer ordered more than 2,200 heavy-duty Utilimaster “walk-in” delivery trucks from Shyft Group SHYF.O, a Michigan-based specialty vehicle company, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters. The company declined to say how many of the vehicles have been sent to Amazon delivery contractors, or where they would be deployed.

    Amazon is under pressure to make good on one- and two-day deliveries promised to customers who subscribe to its $119 annual Prime service. Orders for food, computers, toys and exercise equipment surged after states issued stay-at-home orders to battle the pandemic, overwhelming Amazon’s network and adding days and even weeks to delivery times.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-a...-idUSKBN24B2EJ

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    Default Re: Amazon exploits workers, retail union charges in slamming LIC move

    Amazon intends to open up in Sweden. It appears the unions and Amazon may have a fight on their hands. Amazon is very anti-union, while Sweden is very pro-union. They will expect higher wages then Amazon is willing to pay. We will see how this works out.

    Amazon’s ruthless business model meets Sweden’s labor unions
    It's Sweden's storied worker protections and climate-conscious citizens welcoming Amazon's ruthless drive for low prices. What could go wrong?
    Stockholm is preparing for a tug-of-war with one of the world’s most powerful companies — which just announced its entry into the Swedish market — and hopes that its arrival will mean the country of 10 million will be able to change Amazon, instead of being changed by it.
    Initially, Swedish and Nordic clients will be mainly served from German warehouses — known as fulfillment centers in Amazon-speak — with trucks driving up to Sweden through Denmark, and a fulfillment center operated by local partner Kuehne + Nagel in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna, near Stockholm.
    Analysts believe local warehouses are inevitable if Amazon is to offer one of its most unique selling points: quick delivery.
    Establishing a local operation will be a major challenge for the company. American Amazon’s anti-union stance and working culture is the antithesis of pro-union Sweden. (Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's political career is rooted in union activism dating from his time as a welder.)
    The Swedish labor market is regulated by collective agreements between companies and unions, giving workers plenty of power over corporate decisions. Approximately 70 percent of Swedish workers belong to a union.
    “If Amazon wants to succeed in Sweden, they need to work very closely with unions,” said Arne Andersson, an e-commerce expert at PostNord.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...-unions-394103

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    This is just crazy! Another example of over the top corporate power.

    Amazon's surveillance can boost output and possibly limit unions: study
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com relies on extensive worker surveillance to boost employee output and potentially limit unionization efforts around the United States, says a research paper issued on Monday by the Open Markets Institute.

    The Washington-based research and advocacy group, focused on antitrust and monopoly power of technology companies, said Amazon uses such tools as navigation software, item scanners, wristbands, thermal cameras, security cameras and recorded footage to surveil its workforce in warehouses and stores.

    The paper says Amazon moves employees around in what could be an attempt to limit union organizing. For example, it creates heat maps and uses data such as team-member sentiment and a diversity index to figure out which of its stores may have a higher risk of unionizing, the report says.
    https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/202...ction=business

 

 
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