Amazon Workers go on Strike Over Wages And Time off

Nearly 60 workers at three delivery centers of Amazon, the e-commerce giant, walked off the job as a move to demand a $3-an-hour wage increase and 20-minute breaks. Ellie Pfeffer, a manager and steward at Amazon‘s ZYO1 shipping center in Queens, New York, said five of the nine workers walked off the job.

She added that 28 did so at the DBK1 center, in the same town, and another 30 at the DMD9 center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The organizers of the protest are a group called Amazonians United, who said in a statement that the claims were filed at six Amazon warehouses in December.

The group said that “instead of responding in good faith in the months since we raised the issue, management has tried to intimidate and illegally remove participants from their centers.” Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Seattle-based company is the second largest private employer in the United States after the Walmart supermarket chain.

The starting wage for a worker at Amazon is $15 an hour, but the company said last year that it is paying new hires $18 an hour on average.

Pfeffer said her warehouse hourly rate is $15.75 an hour. The one in Maryland is $15.90, according to Rep. Linda Gomma. Workers are demanding 10 more minutes of rest per shift. Pfeffer said that Amazon offered two 20-minute breaks per shift during the pandemic, but reduced them to 15 minutes in October.

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Nearly 60 workers at three delivery centers of Amazon, the e-commerce giant, walked off the job as a move to demand a $3-an-hour wage increase and 20-minute breaks.

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