Amazon workers in US test positive for COVID-19
Published : Thursday, 26 March, 2020 at 5:15 PM Count : 190
The US coronavirus outbreak has spread to at least10 Amazon warehouses, infecting workers racing to deliver massive volumes of packages for consumers leery of leaving their homes to shop.
Over the past few days, workers tested positive for Covid-19 at Amazon warehouse and shipping facilities across the country from New York to California and Michigan to Texas. In some cases, Amazon shut down the facilities for cleaning, and some employees who were in close contact with their injured colleagues were separated.
However, some workers complained that Amazon did not provide enough information about the virus to spread to their facility.
Bobbie Johnson heard rumors at his selection center but remains there after an encounter with a human resources worker in a troubled room. Concerned about his defenseless children, he took leave three days last week and two more this week and was worried about returning, but needed a pay check.
"You still have the bills. You still have to feed the kids," said Johnson, who works in Brownstown, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.
Just last week, warehouse workers sounded the alarm that the company was not doing enough to protect them from the virus. This came after staff tested positive for the virus at Amazon's warehouse in Spain and Italy. Since then, more than 1,500 workers around the world have signed a petition calling for the company to take additional steps to ensure workplace safety.
Some workers complained that Amazon pressures them to meet hourly rates where they want to fulfill orders, a practice they worry about that discourages safe sanitary practices such as hand washing after coughing or sneezing. Others complained about a "stand up" meeting, where staff were standing shoulder to shoulder at the beginning of each shift.
Amazon, though, is struggling to get the protection it wants from workers. Bezos wrote in a letter to employees Saturday, that the company ordered "millions of face masks" to pay employees and contractors "who can't work from home". Because of the scarcity of these masks worldwide, these orders have rarely been fulfilled, he wrote.
And even if Amazon were allowed to spend time worrying about warehouse employees, Bezos hoped the company's warehouses would continue to operate, in the letter that he said employees of most of the "vital work we do" would have to cut clocks in warehouses, distribute vehicles and more.
Just days after the new outbreak of Amazon United States facilities, the online retail giant announced that its system is planning to hire 100,000 new employees to help tackle the flood of orders. This unexpected incentive has made Amazon unable to provide stamps and charcoal staples to many customers who rely on the company's convenience.
Amazon has more than 175 warehouses around the world, including more than 110 in North America. Over the past few days, Amazon workers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, a disease caused by a novel virus; Jacksonville, Florida; Katie, Texas; Brownstown; Oklahoma City; Moreno Valley, California; Joliet, Illinois; Wallingford, Connecticut; New York City has two benefits, according to Amazon and local media reports.-Internet