Amazon Workers Plan To Walk Out At Staten Island Warehouse

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March 30, 2020 - 7:01 am

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Amazon warehouse workers plan to strike Monday at a fulfillment center on Staten Island claiming the company isn't doing enough to protect them amid the coronavirus outbreak.

An associate tested positive at the center known as JFK8 last week and workers say they want to pressure Amazon to close the center, clean it, and give employees paid time off while it's shut down. 

Nearly 100 workers plan to walk out Monday, CNBC reported.

“All employers need to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce at this time.  Unfortunately, Amazon appears to be prioritizing maximizing its enormous profits even over its employees’  safety - and that is unacceptable," said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Amazon says it already cleans that location daily. 

It has also raised pay $2 per hour through next month, doubled overtime pay and allowed for unlimited unpaid time off. 

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