Cyber Monday signifies an online shopping bonanza, but in addition, an uptick within the packaging and transport that follows each click on — particularly at e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN).
Hundreds of thousands of Amazon warehouse employees nationwide spent Cyber Monday packaging products — whereas a number of others spent a snowy afternoon in midtown Manhattan alongside some 50 supporters rallying the apartment of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos outdoors.
Greater than half of American households are expected to have an Amazon Prime membership by the tip of the year; however, a rising backlash in opposition to the company led by progressive firebrands and fed up workers has put its market power and warehouse situations beneath scrutiny. The protest on Cyber Monday came about within the epicenter of anti-Amazon sentiment, New York City, the place grassroots organizations and elected officers pushed Amazon to withdraw plans for a second headquarters in February.
As vacation shopping ramps up, so have employee protests. The rally on Monday comes lower than every week after about 150 employees and supporters demonstrated at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, the place they delivered a petition signed by more than 600 employees demanding longer breaks and improved transportation to and from work.
Last week additionally marked the launch of a nationwide anti-Amazon organization referred to as Athena, made up of about 40 group and labor groups, which seeks to deal with what it considers the corporate’s grueling working circumstances and monopoly power.
New York, Community organizations, released a report last week that confirmed a rate of illness and injury on the Amazon warehouse in Staten Island last year that was 3 times greater than the all-over national rate for warehouse work, citing information compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, a federal company charged enforcing office security rules.