‘No justice, no work’: Amazon workers demand safety and fair pay

Amazon warehouse workers in East Point, ATL 6, staged a rally this week to demand higher wages and safer working conditions. Hundreds of people signed a petition earlier this month for a $5 raise for current employees and a starting wage of $18 an hour. Employee Brandon Callaway, who helped organize the petition, said he was fired soon after.

“Your timing couldn’t be clearer – I felt retaliated against for exercising my right to unionize,” Callaway said. “I already had a target on my back right there. I will not tolerate this retaliatory behavior, and neither will my fellow ATL 6 associates.

ATL 6 employees file multiple unfair labor practice charges at their facility. Cynthia Winters works at the warehouse where she says it’s dangerously hot.

“We should have water; we should have Gatorade packets,” Winters said. “We should have it all here. But do we understand? We get it every blue moon. Can we get someone to come and say, “Hey, how are you feeling? No, we don’t.”

At the rally, employees also denounced the lack of accommodation for disabled workers. ATL 6 employee Karen M. Tucker said she was among the employees receiving disability benefits until mandatory scheduling from Amazon changes that.

“I lost my benefits because I had to work 25 hours a week when I’m only allowed to work 20,” Tucker said. “So they force people with disabilities to work and compromise their checks. I think that’s wrong.

Workers at ATL 2, Amazon’s Stone Mountain warehouse, stood in solidarity. Workers there staged a strike last week during Prime Day and staged a strike last month to demand better conditions.

ATL 2 worker Thometra Robinson said she wanted people to be informed of their rights as workers.

“Organize, don’t quit,” Robinson said. “You have help. This company makes money. You deserve it. You shouldn’t have to beg for it.”

Amazon workers in East Point are not currently working to unionize, but locations across the country have been. So far, Amazon workers in Staten Island, NY, are the only successfully unionized Amazon warehouse.

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