I’ve heard some people in this here Valley saying that Amazon was justified in keeping warehouse workers, often clad in nothing more than t-shirts and short, outside in the wee hours of the morning in the freezing cold for ridiculously long periods of time. Oh, they’re not saying it exactly that way. Remember, the evacuations at the warehouses were caused by fire alarms being pulled, and the alarms were pulled so that these workers could steal, so the narrative goes. Sometimes people with throw the word “lazy” in there before “workers,” or maybe the occasional “thieving.” So, you know, because some workers are allegedly stealing, everyone has to be exposed to extreme cold for close to two hours so some middle managers can get some iPod Nanos back. Some of the workers, by the way, have been saying that the managers are the ones doing the stealing.
Amazon and Amazon fans can spin this however they want. The fact remains that these procedures, and the culture that breeds them, are the definition of unsustainable business. There’s really no better to handle rogue alarm-pulling (if, indeed, that’s what happened) than to let your workforce freeze in the early hours of a November or December morning in Pennsylvania? That’s atrocious and unacceptable. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, really has no better way of cooling their facilities in the summer than farming out heat-sick workers to local ERs via a veritable concierge ambulance service? Please.
Strike a blow for sustainability and stop buying from Amazon until they figure out how to run an ethical business on the supply side.
- Amazon warehouse workers endured frigid temps after evacuations (bizjournals.com)
- Pa. Warehouse Workers Tell Paper They Endured Cold (abcnews.go.com)
- Pa. warehouse workers tell paper they endured cold (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Pa. warehouse workers tell paper they endured cold (sfgate.com)
- Amazon’s Pa. Warehouse Was Hellish, Workers Say (newser.com)