Amazon operates more than 175 distribution centers primarily in North America and Europe. Warehouse workers are concerned about the virus impact on their health and their family’s health.
Amazon has experienced more demand given online sales have increased as many consumers are in self-isolation or working from home. While Amazon looks to add 100,000 workers quickly and require many current employees to work overtime, the work conditions cannot honor the social distancing recommendations. Amazon is performing more cleaning, but the fact remains that the nature of the work and the demand increase put workers at increased risk.
- Amazon To Hire 100k Workers Amid Online Order Surge (Mar 20, 2020, MSNBC)
- Amazon Struggles to Keep Up With Demand Driven by Coronavirus (Mar 17, 2020, Bloomberg Markets & Finance)
- Inside an Amazon fulfillment center (Jun 21, 2018, cleveland.com)
- Life inside an Amazon fulfillment center (Feb 22, 2028, CNN Business)
This post is based on the CNN article, Amazon warehouse workers fear catching coronavirus just to get you your packages, by Sara Ashley O’Brien and Nathaniel Meyersohn, March 20, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight Continue reading