Amid drizzle and near-freezing temperatures at 9:15 pm over 60 mostly East African workers walked out of the Eagan, MN Amazon delivery station, DMS 1.
Night shift associates are demanding; respect, reduced workloads, restrictions on heavy packages, and a reversal of the 30 hour a week cap
While we were interviewing workers an Amazon official, Brian St. Peter asked us to leave the premises. We contacted the Amazon PR team and are still waiting for comment.
According to The Awood Center at around 11:45 the supervising manager on-site committed to communicating with his first thing in the morning to resolve the issues. Workers decided to return to work and “remain prepared to take action if no changes are made.” Workers reported that all truck delivery was canceled for the night due to the backlog the walk-off created.
Fadumo Yusuf, an Amazon worker said:
The action in Eagan, Minnesota echoes similar protests in Sacramento, California.
The group Amazonians United Sacramento. has been organizing around the paid time of policy. On September 30th the groups sent a petition to Amazon management
According to reporting in The Verge
Though Amazon often touts the medical insurance and paid time off it gives its warehouse workers, those benefits only apply to full-time employees. Amazon also employs large numbers of permanent part-time workers, particularly in the company’s smaller, last-mile warehouses, such as the one in Sacramento, where goods are sorted before being sent out for delivery. Employees at the Sacramento delivery center say that all of the approximately 500 workers there are restricted to part-time work, and their hours are limited to fewer than the 30 per week that would obligate Amazon to offer them health care under the Affordable Care Act. They receive neither medical insurance nor paid time off
The response from workers in Sacramento and Eagan, while not coordinated, suggest that a growing disillusionment with Amazon’s employee practices will inspire greater unrest among workers.