Amazon's largest warehouse hub has a coronavirus case. Workers say changes need to be made.

Few locations are as crucial for Amazon as the Inland Empire, where a worker at one of the warehouses tested positive for COVID-19.

3/27/2020

The growing number of Amazon centers where employees have tested positive for COVID-19 has sparked concern from warehouse and technology workers, who are agitating within the company for more to be done to protect the health of workers.

Few locations are as crucial for Amazon as the Inland Empire, where a worker at one of the warehouses tested positive for COVID-19.

limited its warehouse space for household staples and medical supplies. The two Moreno Valley employees said that they're not being offered paid time off if they're afraid to work because of a threat of infection but that they are being allowed to go home without pay and not lose their jobs. It's a decision, they said, between making the money they need to support their families and keeping their loved ones safe from the fast-spreading virus. "It's not fair that we have to suffer," a second worker said."We have bills and family to feed. Our worry is going to work and coming back to our family and not knowing if we have the virus or not." "Some of our family members could have weak immune systems due to being very old and very young," she said."We truly need to shut the building down. It's not fair for us." In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon said it was consulting with health authorities and medical experts on how to handle building closures for cleaning when employees test positive. "Our process evaluates where the employee was in the building, for how long, how much time has passed since they were onsite, and who they interacted with, among other items, in determining whether we need to close," according to the company statement."We also ask anyone at the site who was in close contact with the diagnosed individual to stay home with pay for 14 days in self-quarantine." Some workers in the Moreno Valley fulfillment center learned of the positive case at the end of their shifts when they were told by their managers, the two employees said. Not all Amazon workers are being forced to decide between getting paychecks and not making their families sick. Those who build and maintain the technical infrastructure of the e-commerce and cloud giant are able to work from home. On Wednesday, a group of Amazon tech workers who have previously called for changes within the company circulated a letter to more than 600 colleagues on an internal mailing list about how they could support warehouse workers. "Even as office workers are asked to work from home, Amazon's measures to protect FC (fulfillment center) and DC (data center) workers, as well as shop floor workers at Whole Foods, have ranged from inadequate to openly negligent," said the letter, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News. The letter encouraged colleagues to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to support fulfillment center employees who have contracted COVID-19. A software development engineer at Amazon, who asked to remain anonymous because of rules against speaking to the media, said:"Warehouse workers are our co-workers. We are responsible for how they are impacted by the tech that we are creating and profiting off of." The spread of the virus inside warehouses has fueled concern on social media from people worried about the possible spread of the virus through the packages that they get at their homes. Some have discussed cleaning their packages after receiving them. Experts, though, have said the risk of transmission from a delivered package is low. Researchers reported this month in the New England Journal of Medicine that, in tests for the coronavirus on a variety of surfaces, no viable virus was measured on cardboard after 24 hours. But in a warehouse, a single package can be touched by over 15 employees during a 24-hour period, according to the warehouse workers who spoke to NBC News. "We are one of the largest and best-positioned companies on Earth at the start of this crisis," said a second employee, who asked to remain anonymous because he isn't permitted to speak to the media. He's working at home, as is everyone else on his team. "It's infuriating to watch us fail to be leaders when it comes to supporting our warehouse staff and delivery drivers." April Glaser April Glaser is a reporter on the tech investigations team for NBC News in San Francisco. David Ingram Read more: NBC News

Given Amazon makes billions in profits each year, you'd think they'd be testing their employes as they come to work. nhannahjones And how much did Jeff Bezos pay for his new home? stopbeingfamous They'll simply replace u with robots, keep it up. there goes amazon online shopping... No a fucking crew of mariachis- Can you please lock down that place we don’t know if it’s the food or the people bringing it into work and that could be detrimental to both Amazon and the economy

Send a crew down there stopbeingfamous So one infection is BE WORRIED. I know you need to sell news, but can you stop panicking people. It really doesn’t help. The richest single human being in the world is the one to respond for this JoyAnnReid Testing, we need more testing! Only touched a few hundred packages. 📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦🤷🏾‍♀️📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦

Some of us order nothing from amazon. Some of us are not guilty of causing deaths.

Workers In 8 Amazon Warehouses Test Positive For CoronavirusThe outbreaks at Amazon facilities come as the e-commerce giant plans to hire 100,000 new workers to meet the surge in orders to the company's fulfillment centers KanchanGupta BoycottAmazon it's the right thing to do. SEND MASKS/GLOVES TO ALL DELIVERY WORKERS (even USPS & Construction workers ran out!!!! They can continue spreading the virus) MayorOfLA GavinNewsom

I just ordered and received...should I be worried? Obviously right? **throws boxes on lawn...** STRIKE! LEAVE! You have power! Not ordering anthing from Amazon until this coronas us done (and i order items on a weekly) 😏 JoyAnnReid Amazon has a chance to do the right thing.. pay for the testing of all workers, and pay for their treatment. We are watching.

JoyAnnReid This world is coming to an end JoyAnnReid So they should pick a day and walk out. One day to show jeff he needs to do more than add a donation button. JoyAnnReid Ohhh like everything else in the world is clean ..someone is probably coughing on the broccoli I’m buying tomorrow JoyAnnReid Come on, JeffBezos , you can buy what your workers need to stay safe and still have enough money left over to run a small planet.

JeffBezos is another example of failure in leadership. How to unpack your groceries and packages safely :

How OpenClassrooms is helping corporations like Amazon retrain workers - Business InsiderThe online education platform that Amazon, Microsoft, and PwC trust to retrain their workers on the hottest tech jobs is now free for schools during the coronavirus pandemic The irony

Not to mention they're probably shipping infection all over the country. But if Jeff helped his employees he'd only have 121 billion left. He might as well be on food stamps. U people are mean to Jeff. If they all quit and file for unemployment with “constructive discharge” claims, which they’ll win, I’m sure JeffBezos & amazon will clean up their operations.

Shut it down like the others Jeff Bezos is a multi billionaire...he needs to start protecting his workers and paying them more. Enough being selfish...pay your workers and protect them ... selfish CEO prick. Ummmmm and they didn’t know this would happen how? The growing number of Amazon centers where employees have tested positive for COVID-19 has sparked concern from warehouse and technology workers, who are agitating within the company for more to be done to protect the health of workers or the their packages containing the virus

Shut it down. The employees are more important than material things.

Amazon Workers In At Least 8 U.S. Warehouses Test Positive For COVID-19Hundreds of Amazon employees and contractors have signed a petition calling for the online retail giant to do more to protect its staff. Can’t imagine why. They’re clearly wearing masks and practicing social distancing in that picture. It's been spreading since November, so it's really no surprise to hear that. If you tested every American, it's likely to be in the millions by now. get ready for Vicks® NyQuil™ Cold & Corona coming to an Amazon warehouse near you.

Amazon Workers In At Least 10 Warehouses Test Positive For CoronavirusAmazon workers in at least 10 U.S. warehouses have tested positive for coronavirus Virus is everywhere. Need to educate folks that it can live on cardboard for up to 24 hrs. Ecommerce is still the best option for limiting contact, but ppl still must take precautions. Leave your package outside for a day before handling, and immediately discard packaging. then the boxes they touched would spread the infection Well that sucks, I need my next day delivery of tp 😂

6 Amazon workers test positive for coronavirus, report saysAs much of the nation has depended upon Amazon for vital access to products, six workers at six different facilities across the country were infected with the coronavirus, according to a report. Jeffrey Epstein didn't die of coronavirus Amazon COVIDー19

Amazon Workers In At Least 8 U.S. Warehouses Test Positive For COVID-19Hundreds of Amazon employees and contractors have signed a petition calling for the online retail giant to do more to protect its staff. What's the heck amazon protectworkers from the CoronavirusOutbreak



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