After the first confirmed case of new crown pneumonia in Amazon’s warehouse in the United States, four U.S. Democratic senators wrote a letter questioning Amazon in the new crown Insufficient support was given to warehouse staff during the pneumonia outbreak.
According to a Reuters report on March 21, four U.S. Democratic senators in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos the previous day questioned that they did not give warehouse workers adequate protection during the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
The four Senators who signed the letter include Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election, Cory Booker, who announced his withdrawal in January, and Senator Robert May Robert Menendez and Sherrod Brown.
In their letter, they said that Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, failed to provide its warehouse staff with sufficient disinfection paper towels and disinfectants. The letter also states that if workers spend enough time washing their hands after coughing or sneezing, they may be judged to be underperforming.
“Any Amazon’s failure to ensure workers’ safety will not only bring risks to employees, but also the entire country.” The letter states that the new crown virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard used for packaging. . Senators have asked Amazon to provide workers with financial and health protection such as paid sick leave and 1.5 times the danger allowance.
The report said that Amazon responded that the allegations about its actions were “completely unfounded.”
Amazon says employees stagger their working hours and can wash their hands whenever they need them without affecting their performance. Amazon has also set up other benefits for employees who are worried about the virus, such as hourly workers can enjoy unlimited unpaid leave at the end of March.
“We have taken extreme measures to ensure the safety of people, conducted deep cleaning and procurement of available safety supplies, and changed processes to ensure that people inside the building maintain a safe distance,” Amazon responded.
Two days ago, a worker at an Amazon delivery station in New York tested positive for the new crown virus. This was the first case of a confirmed new crown pneumonia in the company’s warehouse in the United States. Earlier, at least five employees in Amazon’s overseas warehouses had been infected.
In the letter, four senators asked the company to answer several questions in writing by March 26, including whether to agree to pay employees for the new crown virus test and whether to provide paid sick leave to workers who have not diagnosed the virus. Wait.
This is not the first time a Democratic senator has focused on retail giant Amazon. In February this year, 15 senators, including Sanders and another Democratic presidential candidate, Warren, have written to Bezos in a joint letter saying they are safer than their workers With health, Amazon is more focused on business profits. “We urge you to completely change the company’s culture of making profits at all costs.”
As one of the largest employers in the United States, Amazon offers more than 500,000 full-time and part-time jobs in the United States. The company said this week that it will hire an additional 100,000 US warehouse and delivery workers during the outbreak in response to the surge in online orders.
(Intern Liu Yue from Shanghai Foreign Studies University’s Multilingual International Journalism Class)