Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Amazon’s demand to work during bad weather that destroyed an Illinois warehouse roof is ‘inexcusable’

Amazon’s Illinois warehouse roof collapsed on Friday, killing six Amazon employees.
Officials stated the warehouse collapsed owing to bad weather. Amazon’s requirement to labour has deemed “inexcusable” by a key union leader. Amazon should not have placed workers in Amazon’s Illinois warehouse when a tornado destroyed its roof, a prominent union leader said.

On Friday night, the roof of the Edwardsville factory caved in, killing six workers. Extreme weather, local officials said, triggered the collapse.

“Amazon consistently puts profits ahead of employees’ lives. It was unconscionable to make staff work through a serious tornado warning “Stuart Appelbaum, head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, stated Saturday.

“This is another another terrible example of a firm putting profits ahead of employee health and safety. Amazon cannot be excused for endangering hardworking people’s lives. So long as Amazon has not held accountable for this and other harmful labour abuses, “he said. The collapse occurred during a shift change, according to sources.

Amazon told: “Tornado warnings have issued between 8:06 and 8:16, prompting site leaders to evacuate. The tornado hit at 8:27. Our staff worked fast to move employees and partners to the designated shelter in place area, and we appreciate their efforts.”

The RWDSU helped organize a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, earlier this year. A union election has held in April in the Bessemer warehouse, but the National Labor Relations Board ordered a rerun in November because Amazon had rendered “a free and fair election impossible.”

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