Amazon workers, no free speech on coronavirus

This 1 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Naomi Klein speaks to Amazon workers

On April 16th 2020, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) hosted a private conversation for Amazon employees to hear directly from warehouse workers and Naomi Klein, renowned author and climate justice activist. This clip is Naomi Klein’s part of the talk.

Amazon tried to suppress this conversation by firing AECJ leaders, and deleting emails and calendar invites from employee’s computers. AECJ hosted the conversation despite this retaliation, and hundreds of tech workers joined us.

You can see highlight clips warehouse workers at the meeting here:

This April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice4/24 Sick Out Day

Do you work at Amazon? We want to hear from you! Give us your feedback here (all info kept private).

1:04:44 – Intro (Maren Costa & Emily Cunningham, fired Amazon tech workers) 1:15:35 – Aga & Marta, Amazon warehouse workers from Poland 1:28:55 – Bill McKibben, author and Founder 1:44:19 – Andrea & Anthony, CCAEJ (the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice) 1:59:35 – Music from Dan Bern 2:04:03 – Washington State Representative Nicole Macri 2:13:33 – Christian, Amazon warehouse worker from Germany 2:23:48 – Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Cornell University and fracking expert 2:40:05 – Yoga with Rebecca & Vic 2:50:55 – Joe Hobbs, Fridays for Future 2:58:16 – Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and climate research pioneer 3:13:45 – Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee advocate and writer and host of ThisLand podcast 3:28:51 – Virginie & Torrie, Amazon tech workers 3:37:10 – Jef, Amazon warehouse worker from France & Sylvain, L’Union Syndicale Solidaires 3:56:15 – Maren reads message of support from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders 3:57:13 – Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda & King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay 4:10:31 – Samir, Amazon warehouse worker from Chicago 4:33:18 – Emily Johnston, writer and co-founder of 350 Seattle 4:45:01 – Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! 4:59:26 – Mike, Amazon warehouse worker from New York City 5:16:55 – Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of MLK Labor 5:36:05 – Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President 5:53:63 – Washington State Senator Joe Nguyen 6:00:31 – Greg Palast, investigative journalist and author of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” 6:11:17 – Julia Steinberger, Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds and IPCC contributor 6:21:48 – Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot tribal member and co-founder of Mazaska Talks 6:38:47 – Kimaya Mahajan, Co-Executive Director of WA Youth Climate Strike – Clip of Naomi Klein, author and Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University 7:03:00 – King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci 7:11:57 – Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor, and co-founder of Inequality Media 7:35:32 – Frontline care workers * Tre Kwon, Mount Sinai Hospital ICU nurse & editor at Left Voice * Theresa Brown, Clinical Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing & New York Times contributor * Jen Hollyfield, surgical technician and strike leader at Swedish Medical Center 8:00:22 – Maren reads messages of support from King County Executive Dow Constantine and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal 8:09:20 – Ronnie Almonte, New York City science teacher and United Federation of Teachers delegate 8:20:25 – Amazon workers who have faced retaliation * Bashir, Fired Amazon warehouse worker from Minnesota * Hibaq, Amazon warehouse worker from Minnesota * Jeysson, Fired delivery driver from New York City 8:43:34 – Closing statements (Maren Costa & Emily Cunningham, fired Amazon tech workers) 8:55:43 – Music from Bex Lipps, The People’s Echo

Translated from Belgian weekly Humo:

Whistleblowers raise the alarm: “Amazon warehouse workers risk their lives

Jeff Bezos is delighted: his online store Amazon is doing golden business during the corona crisis. But, according to whistleblowers, workers are at great risk of becoming infected in the warehouses. One of them is Emily Cunningham, who has now been fired from the e-commerce giant: “People, hundreds of them densely packed together, who have to prepare shipments, that should not really be possible?”

By Dominique Soenens

Monday 4 May 2020

On Friday, April 10, Emily Cunningham, web designer at Amazon, received a call from someone from the HR department. After a previous warning, she had once again violated the company’s internal rules. “That’s why you chose to end your career with the company,” it sounded. She immediately had to put her things in a box and leave the office. The conversation lasted less than a minute, and Cunningham didn’t even have time to protest or ask for more explanation. She had worked as a web designer for Amazon for five years.

EMILY CUNNINGHAM: “I was angry. Amazon had wanted to get rid of me for some time and now they had apparently found a reason to fire me.”

30 thoughts on “Amazon workers, no free speech on coronavirus

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  2. Excellent article. I reposted it. More people need to be aware of how poorly Amazon treats it’s workers and is hiding cases of coronavirus in their facilities, thusly putting lives in danger.


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