Workers at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse are planning a strike on Monday afternoon to protest unsafe working conditions there. The demonstration comes after at least one worker at that facility tested positive for the coronavirus.
The New York Post reported Sunday that about 200 workers are planning to demonstrate around 12:30 p.m.
Amazon has often claimed it’s working hard to protect its employees from the coronavirus, including increased cleanings and more physical distancing at warehouses.
In addition to Monday’s strike, Whole Worker, a grassroots group of Whole Foods employees, are planning a “sick out” on Tuesday to protest working conditions in the grocery stores. Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017. Also, Instacart workers drivers and shoppers are planning their own national strike on Monday.
All these demonstrations point to increased frustration from rank-and-file workers in service and logistics jobs who still need to work out in public while millions of other Americans are asked to stay home during the health emergency. Amazon has so far been able to ship packages to its customers during the crisis, albeit with delays, but more strikes and worker illnesses could seriously hamper that work.
The Staten Island facility is one of several around the country that has more active and vocal workers who have been pushing Amazon for better working conditions, even before the coronavirus pandemic. Workers there held a demonstration in late November, too.