Workers Hold Rally At Amazon Warehouse In NJ

December 18, 2018 - 12:55 pm

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (WCBS 880) – Amazon warehouse workers in New Jersey are pushing for better working conditions the week before Christmas.

They held a rally Tuesday at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville where two dozen workers were sickened by an exploding can of bear repellent earlier this month.

The workers say they want better protections and fairer production quotas. 

Labor organizer Megan Chambers says the bear repellant explosion might be a first but that dangerous conditions exist throughout the e-commerce industry.

Chambers says the industry relies too heavily on temporary workers who work fulltime without benefits.

“Folks are often thrown into these jobs without adequate training and experience, and they’re often treated as expendable,” she said.  

In October, a worker was killed in a fall at a distribution center in Woodbridge that does shipping for Macy’s.

“We’re going to stand up, we’re going to remember, and we’re going to press for reforms in this sector until we get them,” Chambers said.

With hundreds of new warehouses popping up in New Jersey, the group Warehouse Workers Standup is demanding the state withhold subsidies for developers who don’t adhere to a code of conduct to raise working standards.