Dozens of workers at a major freight hub in California walked out mid-shift Monday to protest wage and safety conditions. More than 150 of the 1,500 workers at the San Bernardino plant participated in the disruption, according to sources . Amazon has disputed that number, claiming that about 74 people quit the job.
This is said to be the first coordinated work action in the company’s air cargo division to take place at Amazon Air’s largest hub in California. The action was led by workers organizing in a group called the Inland Empire Amazon Workers United.
The alliance has pushed to increase base pay at the facility, known as KSBD, from $17 an hour to $22. Amazon said full-time employees have perks and can earn up to $19.25 an hour.
Inland Empire Amazon Workers United has also criticized working conditions, claiming that temperatures at the airport reached 95 degrees on 24 days in July reports. Managers are said to have opened more rest stops following earlier complaints about the heat. “They say there’s air conditioning, but you can only feel it in some sections,” said Daniel Rivera, one of the labor shutdown leaders Post. An Amazon spokesman claimed the highest recorded temperature in the hub was 77 degrees.
The sacked workers have no plans at this time to submit a union election to the National Labor Relations Board, but they are open to the idea amid a surge in union efforts across the company. Amazon has against one in Staten Island, New York. The results of a second ballot at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, were and hundreds of votes.
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