Amazon workers in Georgia are the latest to go public with grievances about the retail giant’s labor practices. Atlanta warehouse workers joined United For Respect in a press conference near the company’s ATL6 warehouse to explain new complaints of unfair labor practices against Amazon.
The workers who have applied to Amazon for a pay rise say the retailer is exploiting its warehouse workers with unsafe working conditions and low wages. In a statement, United for Respect noted that the Atlanta demonstration comes just days after Amazon’s Prime Day, when warehouse workers face particularly stressful conditions.
According to United for Respect, workers at ATL6 previously petitioned managers for a $5 wage increase. The company has since laid off two workers and “attempted to intimidate employees,” the group said. United for Respect is a nonprofit group previously affiliated with UFCW, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
“Decent wages, safer working conditions, dignity and respect for all workers are long overdue,” said Karen Tucker, who has worked at Amazon’s ATL6 warehouse for eight years, in a statement. “We fight for what we deserve. We are the backbone of this company and without us there is no Amazon. It’s time the public heard and knew what we endure to ship our customers’ packages on time. It’s time for a change. It’s time we hold Amazon accountable for a better Atlanta for all Amazon workers and all working people.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Updated to clarify United for Respect is no longer affiliated with UFCW.
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